Today we are honored to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
“Since time immemorial, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians have built vibrant and diverse cultures — safeguarding land, language, spirit, knowledge, and tradition across the generations.” A Proclamation on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, 2021, President Joseph Biden Jr.
Since 2006, our core value has been “value the language of all people.” We have not wavered from that core value and commit to safeguarding every person’s language so that their land, spirit, knowledge and traditions may also be safeguarded.
Language makes us human. Our ability to communicate at the level and depth that only humans can is powerful, amazing and dangerous. Just as language has the power to unite us, language has the power to divide us. We don’t have to look too far back in history to find countless examples of both. This is why we are committed to valuing the language of all people through professional translation and interpreting services.
Valuing the language of all people means that we are lucky to work in over 200 languages, many of which are indigenous languages that are on the brink of extinction. Valuing the language of all people means that we acknowledge each person’s preferred spoken language and pledge to do our part to preserve all languages. We value the language of all people because we respect each person’s rich history that is carried across generations through their language.
The United States is a vast land mass full of millions of people, all unique. Weaved into the tapestry of our Nation is the uniqueness of hundreds of languages, some that have been spoken on this continent for thousands of years, some that are newer thanks to recent immigrant and refugee arrivals. Valuing the language of all people means that we are honored to support all of these languages through the careful work of translators and interpreters each and every day.
Today we get to shine light on the people and languages that came before us and continue to thrive. Today we get to celebrate the variety, diversity and inclusiveness of each and every person. Today we say thank you, we respect you, we care about you, and we’ll continue to do our part to provide equal access to communication through the careful provision of language solutions through professional translation and interpreting services.