The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure published a strategy to enhance and develop the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture 2015-2035.
In its programme for government 2011-2015, the Northern Ireland Executive included a startegy for the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture as a key building block under priority 4 'building a strong and shared community'. This followed agreements between the British and Irish governments, which led to the Northern Ireland (NI) Act 1998 being amended in 2006 to include a requirement for the Executive to ''adopt a strategy setting out how it proposes to enhance and develop the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture''.
The Ulster-Scots strategy sets out a roadmap for the Ulster-Scots language, heriatge and culture over the next 20 years in areas such as education, media and culture, taking account of the needs of the Ulster-Scots community and international best practice.
The key aim of the strategy are to:
- promote and safeguard the staus of, and respect for, the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture
- build up the sustainability, capacity and infrastructure of the Ulster-Scots community
- foster an inclusive, wider understanding of the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture in a way that will contribute towards building a strong and shared community
The strategy can be downloaded from the following page or obtained by contacting the Department.