News 30.1.2019 a les 13:30h

The Indigenous Peoples March was about a lot more than the kids in MAGA hats

The Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. went viral online after a group of high school students from Kentucky mocked an indigenous Vietnam War veteran, Nathan Phillips, outside the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18. The incident was indicative of the racial politics in the United States and around the world that devalues indigenous rights and sees indigenous peoples as caricatures meant for the amusement of the dominant classes. However, the significance of the march — which was organized by the Indigenous Peoples Movement, a global coalition of indigenous communities — extended well beyond this petty display of white supremacy. Keep reading

Nathan Phillips davant dels adolescents "MAGA" a l'escalinata del Lincoln Memorial.
News 21.1.2019 a les 11:30h

Eating sow thistle to learn how to speak Amazigh

One saying from Morocco’s Atlas has it that eating sow thistle helps people learn Amazigh, the language that is indigenous to that mountain range. The sentence, “ⵜⵛ ⵡⴰⵡⵊⴹⵎ!” (“tc wawjḍm!”, roughly pronounced “chwawzhdm”), is the name chosen for a new learning method that Catalan civil society organizations CIEMEN and Casa Amaziga de Catalunya have just published. The tool is primarily intended for its use in classes of Amazigh language and culture with the Catalan public education system, but the method has also been designed for self-learning. Keep reading

Carles Múrcia en l'acte de presentació de les unitats.
News 8.1.2019 a les 08:00h

Sikh diaspora group plans unofficial vote in 2020 as first step towards Punjab independence

A Sikh diaspora group campaigning to achieve Punjab independence from India in the coming years plans to hold an unofficial referendum in November 2020 as the first step towards a UN-sponsored, binding vote on the issue. The move is sparking renewed political rifts on a very sensitive issue in Punjab and India, where anti-Sikh riots in 1984 claimed the lives of thousands of Sikhs. Keep reading

Una manifestació de sikhs independentistes de la diàspora nord-americana el 2018.
News 23.11.2018 a les 13:00h

Arduous path for protection of languages in Europe evident as Minority Safepack citizens’ initiative is shelved (for a while)

A European citizens’ initiative (ECI) calling for enhanced protection for minoritised languages and cultures in the EU will be shelved at least until the next term. The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), which launched the ECI, says “mistrust” exists over the real intentions of the current European Commission in relation to the Minority Safepack initiative. The story shows how, once again, civil society organizations meet serious obstacles in promoting the linguistic rights of speakers of minoritised languages. Keep reading

Capses amb signatures recollides a Hongria.
News 25.10.2018 a les 13:15h

Netherlands (slightly) move forward in recognition of Low Saxon

The government of the Netherlands and five provinces signed earlier in October an agreement that opens the door to boost official support for Low Saxon, a minoritised language spoken in the north-east of the European country. The covenant strengthens a slight recognition that Low Saxon already enjoyed, and makes it possible —though it does not guarantee it— a place for the language in some schools. Keep reading

Acte de signatura de l'acord. Al mapa dels Països Baixos es destaca, en groc, el domini lingüístic del baix saxó.
News 2.10.2018 a les 10:15h

Catalan referendum: one year later, demonstration’s symbols recall what happened —and what not

One year after the 1 October 2017 Catalan referendum on independence, thousands —according to the local police, 180,000— took to the streets of Barcelona to commemorate the date and to demand action from the Catalan authorities to implement an independent republic in Catalonia. But after having seen devolution suspended for 7 months, the current pro-independence Catalan government is cautious about steps it takes. Yesterday’s demonstration left images in the form of symbols and signs that help explain where this political conflict stands right now. Keep reading

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