Thompson Rivers University

International Mother Language Day

Join a discussion and cultural showcase celebrating and discussing the importance of mother language for cultural preservation.

Schedule of events

5–6 p.m.—Discussion forum
6:30–8:30 p.m.—Cultural showcase and dinner


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Background to International Mother Language Day

The day has been observed on Feb. 21 each year since 2000 as a way to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced Nov. 17, 1999, that each Feb. 21 would be International Mother Language Day.

The day commemorates Feb. 21, 1952 when students demonstrated for recognition of their language— Bangla—as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan. Students were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.