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Why ‘Indigenous’ Should Be Word of the Year – from Canada to Hong Kong, It Is Time Aboriginal Peoples Are Heard

A fortnight into 2019, the UN has already declared it the International Year of Indigenous Languages, but there is more to it than that. A common practice in recent years is for dictionaries to select a “Word of the Year” (WOTY) – a word or expression attracting significant interest and thus judged to reflect the ethos or preoccupations of the passing year, with potential as a term of cultural significance. For 2018, selections include: “justice” (Merriam-Webster); “misinformation” (dictionary.com); “nomophobia” (Cambridge); “single-use” (Collins); “toxic” (Oxford). A fortnight in, it is clear what the WOTY for this year must be: “indigenous”. This...

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