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Bòrd na Gàidhlig is an executive non-departmental public body, responsible through Ministers to the Scottish Parliament.Established under the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, (The Act), Bòrd na Gàidhlig is the principal public body in Scotland responsible for promoting Gaelic development and providing advice to the Scottish Ministers on Gaelic issues.

Under the terms of the Act,  Bòrd na Gàidhlig is required to exercise its functions with a view to securing the status of Gaelic as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language through:

  • Increasing the number of persons who are able to use and understand the Gaelic language,
  • Encouraging the use and understanding of the Gaelic language, and
  • Facilitating access, in Scotland and elsewhere, to the Gaelic language and Gaelic culture.
  • To promote, and facilitate the promotion of the use and understanding of the Gaelic language, and Gaelic education and Gaelic culture.
  • To provide advice (either on request or when it sees fit) to the Scottish Ministers, public bodies and other persons exercising functions of a public nature on matters relating to the Gaelic language, Gaelic education and Gaelic culture.
  • To provide advice (on request) to other persons on matters relating to Gaelic.
  • To monitor, and report to the Scottish Ministers on, the implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages dated 5 November 1992 in relation to the Gaelic language