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Mark Mother Language Day, Feb. 21

International Mother Language Day is observed around the world on Feb. 21. It has been held each year since 2000.

International Mother Language Day was first proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999, aimed at improving the preservation and protection of languages.

How will you mark Mother Language Day? Consider exploring community language resources, such as those found on the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Language portal and the Wabanaki Maine Native Studies page at

You can also participate in the Facebook page launched by Brianna Smith (Passamaquoddy) to learn Passamaquoddy language. Peskotomuhkati Latuwewakon is dedicated to providing a fun and safe space for our Passamaquoddy community to engage with each other while using our language. The goal of the page is to increase access to resources for learning and revitalizing our language in a fun and respectful way. 

Source: United Nations and Wabanaki Public Health January 2020 Newsletter.