This publication was researched and written by Bobb Drake.
The United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to recognize the crucial role that languages play in people’s daily lives and in their cultural identity, history and traditions. At the closing ceremony of IY2019, the UN declared 2022-2032 as the Decade of Indigenous Languages, with 2020-2021 being preparatory years for the decade.
We covered some of the initiatives in support of indigenous languages different companies have been undertaking in our article on the subject. Over the coming years, we can expect a growing awareness of the importance of preserving indigenous languages and cultures.
Words matter. Ideas matter. They always have. But, in the current context of continued protests across the US in support of the Black Lives Matter movement against ongoing racial discrimination and police brutality, companies are finally listening en masse and are beginning to take genuine action.
COVID-19 has evolved into a global event impacting public health as well as the economy. We can venture into speculation about some likely outcomes.
Knowing how people greet each other in different countries has always been a good ice-breaker in social situations, especially when traveling abroad or attending a multicultural conference or meeting.