In 2014 the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) released a statement, acknowledging the intrinsic value and importance of indigenous traditional knowledge and language. Libraries play an essential role in keeping a record of indigenous cultural heritage, knowledge and language and helping it to live. Every day, all over the world, libraries are working to protect and promote indigenous knowledge and languages not only for the benefit of indigenous peoples, but as well for the rest of the world, now and in future.
In addition to their role in preservation, libraries have proved themselves to be welcoming and trusted community centres, and are often at the heart of indigenous communities. In addition to access to relevant materials, including in indigenous languages, they can also offer connectivity, skills, and simply a place to learn or enjoy culture.
In 2019 IFLA therefore will be taking an active role in the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL19), an initiative agreed by the UN to promote and raise awareness of indigenous languages across the globe.
- Category: IYIL2019
- Thematic area: International Cooperation
- Call topics: Regional development and Cultural Diplomacy
- Major objective: Thematic areas: Access
- Area of intervention: Creation of favourable conditions for knowledge-sharing and dissemination of good practices with regard to indigenous languages