Gaelic proposals available at Library

Aberdeenshire Council is inviting residents to have their say on the council’s draft Gaelic Language Plan which is now available for consultation.

A drop-in session has been organised in Peterhead this week which will allow residents to speak to officers about their views on the plan.

Aberdeenshire has a diverse linguistic make-up including Doric, a dialect unique to the north east, large numbers of speakers of foreign languages and an ancient Gaelic history, evidenced in place names, with small pockets of speakers.

Aberdeenshire Council is committed to protecting and promoting Scotland’s indigenous languages whilst providing an excellent service to all communities.

2011 census results showed Aberdeenshire had the largest increase in numbers of Gaelic speakers in Scotland.

The Gaelic Language is now identified as a ‘Definitely Endangered’ language by UNESCO in its Atlas of the World’s Languages.

The plan includes proposals for the promotion of strategies for increasing the number of Gaelic speakers, encouraging its use and facilitating access to Gaelic language and culture.

A drop-in session will take place at Peterhead Library from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Thursday, August 14.

The draft plan is open for consultation until Monday, August 25 and can be viewed at http://bit.ly/gaelicplan.