Danger in Losing Indigenous Languages

Author: Anita Lynch, UNAAWA Intern

Approximately one Indigenous language is lost every two weeks and experts estimate that by 2100 more than 50 per cent of the world’s languages will be lost completely. 2019 was proclaimed the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the UN General Assembly in the hope that this would draw attention to the rapid rate at which Indigenous languages are currently being lost worldwide and the imminent threat this poses to the very existence of Indigenous identities and cultures.