UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day

To mark UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde issued a statement reminding us of the following facts regarding Indigenous languages, “Forty years ago, there were 6,000 languages spoken on the planet.  Now, half of those languages are gone and are no longer being whispered into the ears of children.  On Turtle Island, of the 300 Indigenous languages that were originally spoken only 30 are now spoken by children…”.