GOAL 5 | Assess Indigenous Languages, Identities, and Cultures



Motivation

  • There are over 40 indigenous languages in the circumpolar Arctic. Language is one of the most important, but vulnerable, elements of Arctic cultural heritage.

  • When speakers of endangered languages switch from their mother tongue to other languages for communication and education, vast amounts of cultural knowledge and tradition are lost.

Recommendations

  • Develop an integrated Arctic indigenous languages research plan that: (1) conducts regular assessments to understand the extent and diversity of languages and their viability for future generations, (2) documents procedures to ensure that languages and place names used by Arctic people are recorded and preserved, (3) promotes interregional and international activities geared at enhancing language use and exchanges, and (4) defines policy options and processes for language monitoring and preservation.