International Annual Conference, Wales (16–17 May 2017)

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws, is the current chair of IALC, and the Association’s annual conference was held in Cardiff in May 2017. The conference theme was ‘Iaith Gwaith: The importance of technology and strategic planning for the bilingual workplace’ where international speakers as well as speakers from Wales contributed. You can find more information on the conference and speakers here. The Commissioner wishes to thank VTCT, the main sponsors, for their generous sponsorship towards this event.

Official photos of the conference and launch event can be found here: Official photos.

You can read the keynote address of Graham Fraser, Former Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada by following this link: Graham Fraser Keynote Speech

You can watch the conference sessions in full (with subtitles) by following the links below:

  1. Meri Huws
  2. Alan Woods, VTCT
  3. Ysgol Hamadryad
  4. Alun Davies AM
  5. Dr Jeremy Evas
  6. Rafael Sainz de Rozas Bedialauneta
  7. François Boileau
  8. Iestyn Davies
  9. Dr Ioan Matthews
  10. Rhodri Glyn Thomas
  11. Seán Ó Cuirreáin
  12. Gruffydd Jones
  13. Graham Fraser

The conference was launched in a special evening reception at the Pierhead kindly sponsored by the First Minister of Wales. The event also provided an opportunity to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Welsh Language Act (1967): a significant piece of legislation which established rights for people to use Welsh in legal proceedings in Wales and paved the way for subsequent legislation recognising the rights of Welsh speakers. For more information, click here. The Commissioner wishes to thank the The Law Society for their generous sponsorship towards this event.

You can read Sir David Lloyd Jones, Lord Justice of Appeal’s address by following this link: The Welsh Language Act 1967: the first 50 years.

Here is a photo of the members who were present for the Association’s annual general meeting held at the Pierhead on 16 May 2017:

(Front row (from left): Bart Weekers, Katherine D’Entremont, Meri Huws, Shannon Gullberg, Ghislaine Saikaley.
Back row (from left): Manuel Lezertua, François Boileau, Mar Aldeano (on behalf of the Catalan Ombudsman), Rónán Ó Domhnaill,Slaviša Mladenović .)