Aboriginal language bill passes committee review

Taipei Times
Date: May 12, 2017
By: Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with CNA

The Legislative Yuan’s Internal Administration Committee on Wednesday passed a

Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Icyang Parod, center, on Wednesday takes part in a meeting of the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee in Taipei to review a bill to promote Aboriginal languages. Photo: CNA

review of a bill to promote Aboriginal languages, which would grant them the legal status of “national languages” and funnel subsidies for their promotion.

Following two days of clause-by-clause review, which saw the participation of Council of Indigenous Peoples Minister Icyang Parod, the bill was passed by the committee and is to be submitted to a general assembly without further cross-caucus negotiations.

Local governments with authority over designated Aboriginal areas are to be responsible for hiring full-time staff to promote Aboriginal languages, according to the bill, which also requires the central government to help local governments and Aboriginal communities create organizations to promote Aboriginal languages.    [FULL  STORY]

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