The Comhairle's approach to Gaelic language into the future will be the subject of a six-week public consultation starting today (Tuesday 10th October, 2017).
The Comhairle is seeking the views and comments of the communities of the Western Isles, of local and national Gaelic organisations, and of public authorities across Scotland, regarding the content of its Draft Gaelic Language Plan which, once finalised, will cover the period 2018-2022.
These views and comments will be fully considered before the final draft of the Plan is produced at the end of the six-week period at 12.00pm Monday 20th November, 2017.
This Draft Plan, for the third iteration of the Comhairle’s Gaelic Language Plan, has been prepared having undertaken detailed reviews of the targets, outcomes and progress of the 2013-2017 Plan. The Plan was presented to Comataidh Buileachaidh Plana Cànain last week and received its full support to move to a public consultation.
Cllr John A MacIver, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Gaelic Committee, said: “This is a very ambitious plan with deliverable aims and outcomes. The Comhairle remains committed to strengthening Gaelic in the Western Isles and although we realise there is still work to do, there are also some very encouraging signs, with pre-schools numbers looking very healthy. Indeed, we hope that this generation will emerge as fluent and confident speakers who are proud of their language. We are also aware of the economic value of the language to the islands and we hope the plan will help to promote the opportunities that exist in relation to the culture and heritage aspects of the language.”
“We would encourage anyone with an interest in the language to submit their views on the draft plan before the deadline.”
This Draft Plan is available on the Comhairle’s website at: http://www.cne-siar.gov.uk/consultations/index.asp and paper copies can be provided on request.