Indigenous languages given national status

A law passed on Friday grants national status to the languages of Taiwan's indigenous people groups.

The Aboriginal Language Development Act marks another milestone in the government's promises to bring about transitional justice for the country's indigenous peoples. It is the third act to be passed that addresses the rights of indigenous groups and the protection of their cultural heritage.

In addition to raising the status of indigenous languages, the act also mandates that the government must budget each year for measures to promote the use of aboriginal languages, to train teachers and to offer courses in the languages at schools and colleges.

Kolas Yotaka, a lawmaker with the majority Democratic Progressive Party, hailed the passage of the act 12 years after it was first proposed as a historic moment.

Source: Radio Taiwan International