Why is IYIL important?
Our languages matter to each of us. They help us express our uniqueness as human beings, access information, share our thoughts, and interact and cooperate with other people.
Many people today use more than one language for these basic activities of life. But our first language—sometimes called our mother tongue—does even more than that. Our first language connects us to our identity in a way no other language can.
It is my desire and hope that as a global community, we will use the opportunity of this International Year of Indigenous Languages so that this generation will be known as the one that intervened for languages, so that the world’s linguistic tapestry and cultural diversity was preserved.
Won’t you join us?