Indigenous, Minority and Lesser-Used Languages

Indigenous, Minority and Lesser-used Languages (IML)

Lead Administration

The Welsh Government Chair the Indigenous, Minority and Lesser-used Languages (IML) work sector.


The rich linguistic heritage of the Council's Member Administrations is an important part of the culture of these islands. In recognition of the desire to support indigenous, minority and lesser-used (IML) languages the topic was added to the BIC portfolio of work sectors at the third summit in June 2002.

The IML languages group concentrates on Irish, Welsh, Gaelic, Scots, Ulster Scots, Manx, Jèrriais, Guernesiais and Cornish.

Current Focus

The group are currently working on 3 key areas as part of their work plan:-

  • Work force planning
  • Adult learners
  • Social use of languages

Recent Meetings

The group met most recently in Stornoway, Outer Hebrides in September 2018 and undertook a site visit the eSgoil initiative that is based on the island. The group next meet in December 2018 in Cornwall.    

In addition to regular officials meetings, the work sector has organised seminars for policy makers and practitioners to help share good practice amongst people who work in the IML languages sector. Each seminar focuses on a different area of the work sector’s remit. A seminar was held in March 2018 in Belfast bringing together officials and stakeholders from across the UK and Ireland.  A selection of the presentations from the seminar are available below.