RV Newsletter: Activismo Lenguas receives international award for language revitalization work

Screenshot of the Activismo Lenguas site.

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Hello readers, how are you doing?  Hope this newsletter finds you all in a good place.

Now, please allow us to open this issue with some exciting news: Our own Activismo Lenguas initiative recently received an award from the International Mother Language Institute in Bangladesh in recognition of its contribution to the protection and revitalization of indigenous languages!  It’s certainly a great honor as well as validation to the collaborative efforts made by hundreds of indigenous language digital activists, along with their communities.  Therefore, we’d like to say thank you to those who have joined us in this journey over the years.

Among all the important projects carried out by Activismo Lenguas, we’d like to highlight the ongoing @ActLenguas social media campaign, where Indigenous language digital activists take turns sharing first-hand experiences with the world.  Following its success, we have also rolled out this campaigning model to other regions including Africa, North America, and Asia.  Please drop by from time to time, follow us on social media, or even tell your friends about them — we’d be more than happy to see you there.


Along this line, let’s shift focus to the Uyghur language that’s currently estimated to have at least 10 million speakers yet is struggling to survive in today’s world.  Wonder why and how social media may play a unique role in its chance of survival?  Read this story by Global Voices’ Managing Editor Filip Noubel and find out yourself.


Are you a producer from these countries working on documentary projects along with filmmakers based in these countries?  The IDFA Bertha Fund is looking to help you bring your stories to a global audience, via its IBF Europe International Co-production Support grants.  Please see here for eligibility and application details.  Application due: April 1, 2021

Working on in-depth stories exploring environmental issues and its impact on your community?  Earth Journalism Network is offering up to 10 grants to support indigenous journalists striving to bring indigenous voices into global conversations in this realm.  Eligibility and application details can be found here [es] [pt].  Application due: March 12, 2021 at 11:59pm (UTC +13).


The Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre is inviting three aspiring indigenous podcasters (aged 18-30) to join them in a pilot series, where the youths will receive hands-on training on podcast production over an eight-month period, while meeting inspiring elders for intergenerational dialogue (details here).  Application due: April 2, 2021  Note: All levels of experience welcome.


It’s time for MozFest 2021!  This annual event by Mozilla is taking place virtually from March 8 on for 12 days.  Consider joining like-minded folks in conversations on making the Internet a healthier space for all?  You can find more information here and get your ticket(s) here.


Interested in learning about endangered languages around the world?  The Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) has just launched their new archive back in February.  Go check it out and see what you can find in their digital collections!



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