International Year of Indigenous Languages - Ontario Heritage Trust


International Year of Indigenous Languages

The UN proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In conjunction with this declaration, UNESCO launched a special website dedicated to the theme, which was commemorated by UNESCO members and partners throughout 2019.

Language plays a vital role in conveying history, carrying tradition and cultural identity, in relating story, distinguishing world views and sharing values.

In recent years, the Trust has worked with a number of Indigenous communities to share their stories in their own voices and, where possible, their own languages, through events, our Heritage Matters magazine and provincial plaques.

In Heritage Matters:

Intangible heritage, Autumn 2017

Voices of the landscape, September 2016

Some examples of plaque stories that have interpreted (or shared) Indigenous languages include: