UN celebrates the conclusion of 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Métis Nation President Clément Chartier and Minister of Culture and Languages Clara Morin Dal Col attended the High-level closing event of the International Year of the Indigenous Languages at the United Nations Headquarter in New York on December 17.  The year 2019 has been declared by the United Nations as International Year of Indigenous Languages. The event is organised by the President of the UN General Assembly and co-organised by UNESCO and UNDESA.  

Hon. Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services of Canada, highlighted the importance of the legal measures implemented to promote and support indigenous languages in the country.   

 “ The international Year of Indigenous Languages is closing but the work is not complete”, stated President Chartier “I lift up Canada for its commitment to work on this important issue.”

During this one-day event, deliberations were held to take stock of the current situation of indigenous languages worldwide, analyze existing challenges and to promote them.  During the event, Minister Morin Dal Col addressed the United Nations: (Download speech -PDF)

President Chartier and Minister Clara Morin Dal Col
Minister Marc Miller spoke at the UN in Mohawk
Minister Marc Miller, Minister Clara Morin Dal Col and President Clément Chartier
Minister Morin Dal Col and President Aili Keskitalo, Sámi Parliament
Traditional Welcome by Chief Tadodaho Sidney Hill, Onondaga Nation
Closing remarks by Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild
President Chartier and Minister Morin Dal Col
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