On Tuesday 08 May HIE launched a public consultation on the organisation's draft Gaelic Language Plan.
The renewed Gaelic Plan 2012-15 sets out HIE's aims and ambitions for Gaelic over the next three years and details how these will be achieved through specific actions. It builds on the progress made in the organisation's first plan which covered the period from 2009-12.
Members of the public can now read the draft Plan and take part in the consultation until Friday 15 June. The final version will be presented for consideration by Bòrd na Gàidhlig by 29 June.
Supporting Gaelic is at the heart of HIE's remit for economic and social development in the Highlands and Islands. An important element of the Plan is a commitment to capitalise on the significant opportunities arising from the language's potential contribution in helping to drive economic growth in the HIE area.
Support from HIE has helped create and sustain the impact of numerous organisations which enable Gaelic to flourish - from partner agencies such as Comunn na Gàidhlig and An Comunn Gaidhealach, to the University of the Highlands and Islands through Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, to Fèisean nan Gàidheal and others.
The renewed Gaelic Plan aims to further develop and enhance the role that Gaelic identity and culture plays in creating vibrant, resilient communities and sustainable economic growth.
HIE values Gaelic and promotes its use within the organisation. By providing its services, information, resources and opportunities in the medium of Gaelic, the agency intends to serve Gaelic-speaking customers in their own language.
The draft Gaelic Plan for HIE looks to promote the Gaelic identity of the Highlands and Islands and demonstrate equal respect to both Gaelic and English - a key element of the legislation protecting the language and the rights of its speakers.
HIE is required by the Scottish Government to draft and implement a plan which contributes to securing a sustainable future for the language.
How to submit a response
If you would like to comment on the Draft Gaelic plan 2012-2015, please contact Bria Mason, HIE's Gaelic Development Officer:
Gaelic Development Officer
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
9 James Street
Isle of Lewis
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01851 707 341
Please note, all responses received will be published in a report to Bòrd na Gàidhlig and made publicly available. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate this clearly when contacting HIE.
If you would like printed copies of the plan, please contact Bria Mason, HIE's Gaelic Development Office, contacts as above.