It is a requirement of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 that Bòrd na Gàidhlig must prepare and submit to the Scottish Ministers a National Gaelic Language Plan which should include proposals as to how it should exercise its functions under the Act. Those proposals must include a strategy for promoting, and facilitating the promotion of, the use and understanding of the Gaelic language, and Gaelic education and Gaelic culture.
The functions conferred on the Bòrd by the Act are to be exercised with a view to securing the status of the Gaelic language as an official language of Scotland, commanding equal respect to the English language through increasing the number of persons who are able to understand and use the language.
In preparing the Plan, the Bòrd must consult the Scottish Parliament, publish a draft of the Plan, publicise the opportunity to make representation about the draft Plan within three months of the launch of a consultation period, and also take into account any representation received within that period.
This Plan meets the Act’s requirement for a revised Plan to be submitted five years after the most recent, and it clearly identifies the main priorities for Gaelic and where available resources should be directed.
Gaelic belongs to Scotland.
This is about the past, the present and the future. Gaelic is part of our history and heritage. It is an important part of life in Scotland today and this Plan will help to secure its place in the future.
We have a clear aim for Gaelic.
Our aim is to increase the number of people speaking, using and learning Gaelic in Scotland and the number of situations in which it is used.
This aim must be a shared aim.
This aim does not sit with one organisation or community, and many groups, bodies and individuals have a role and a contribution to make in achieving this.
Other issues impact on this aim.
A number of wider issues – economic and infrastructural – have an impact on progress and we will ensure Gaelic is included in consideration of these matters.