The Council has agreed a Gaelic action plan that aims to get more people to learn and speak the language and make the most of the economic benefits that it brings.
The Gaelic Language Plan 2018 – 2022 recognises the importance of Gaelic both in the history of Argyll and Bute and in its future, given that it continues to be spoken in the area and adds value to the economy.
As well aiming for Argyll and Bute to host a Gaelic Gathering every two years, the Council also agreed other key actions, including:
- Work with others to actively promote participation in the Royal National Mod
- Offer free Council venues for local provincial Mods
- Promote Argyll and Bute as a place for Film and TV work that involves Gaelic language and culture
- Include the Gaelic language in the promotion of Argyll and Bute as a tourism destination
Councillor Robin Currie, Policy Lead for Gaelic, said: “This is all about ensuring a long term future for Gaelic in Argyll and Bute. It’s recognised that being able to speak more than one language has benefits for individuals. This plan sets out how we will help more people to learn Gaelic.
“More than that, the plan puts the language to work for the benefit of the area as a whole. Attracting events, visitors and the film industry will all attract spend in local businesses. It’s in all our interests that Gaelic prospers in Argyll and Bute.”
The report also sets out opportunities for learning and speaking Gaelic in schools, and in ‘Furan’ – the Council’s Gaelic Centre in Oban which provides events and activities for children and adults interested in the language.
A Gaelic Gathering held every two years in Argyll and Bute will form part of the action plan, with the intention of bringing all of the Gaelic communities from across the area together to share experiences and map the way forward for the language and the culture.
Additionally, the Council is encouraging people to learn and speak Gaelic in their communities, tying in with the National Gaelic Plan, and will offer assistance to employees who are interested in learning Gaelic, with tutoring to be provided in partnership with Ionad Chaluim Chille Ìle.
The Plan will now be submitted to Bòrd na Gàidhlig, as required by Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 Act.