A group of Inuit from the Canadian Arctic are travelling to Wales to learn how Welsh is promoted and how it has flourished as a living language.
The delegation of 17 members of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Language Committee in the Arctic will be meeting First Minister Carwyn Jones, Welsh Language Commissioner Meri Huws and HRH The Prince of Wales. The group will travel across Wales (from December 13 to 16) to meet with groups involved in promoting the Welsh language. They will visit Bangor University, the Welsh Books Council, National Library of Wales and WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee).
The committee is currently engaged in an historic process to create one standard written form of the Inuktitut language. There are around 60 aboriginal languages in Canada, all of which are in decline and the group are keen to learn from Wales’ success in protecting the Welsh language.
As part of a partnership between the British Council, Prince’s Charities Canada and the Canadian High Commission, Welsh author and academic Alys Conran will accompany the group to document their time in Wales. You can read her Blog about the visit on Wales Arts Review.