Happy International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples
Ógra Aontú want to wish everyone a very happy International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
Speaking today, spokesperson for the group, Gráinne Nic Philib, said: "This is a very important day in the UN's calendar. We think today especially of displaced people around the globe, and those who throughout history have been targeted by aggressors, those who have been run off their land, and those whose cultures have been under threat".
Gráinne continued: "We think in particular of our Aborigine and Native American friends and closer to home; members of our Travelling community in Ireland. As a teacher with a deep love for the Irish language, I would like to take this opportunity to call on the government to do more to preserve, protect and grow our native language which so many have sought to, but failed to, erase from our island over centuries".
Gráinne continued: "We should be working to ensure the preservation of Gaeltacht areas and native Irish populations - one key way of promoting our language is to increase the number of Gaelscoileanna in the country, and this is something we in Ógra Aontú will continue to push for. We wish everyone an enjoyable day. We will continue to speak out strongly against ethnic cleansing and all forms of attacks on indigenous populations across the globe"