5/26 During the last sitting of the third session of the 9th Legislative Yuan, Indigenous Language Development Act passed third reading today. Legislator Kolas Yotaka expressed that she started from scratch and was the first to propose her version of the Indigenous Language Development bill. Now, the bill passed third reading allowing indigenous peoples to have written word of their languages, she movingly stated, “this is an unforgettable moment.”
Kolas called out to Chinese government and stated that “Lee Ming-cheh is not Chinese. He cannot without reason be confined.” She demanded the immediate release of Mr. Lee.
Legislator Kolas Yotaka focused her general interpellation of March 7 on the proposed “Regulations on the Designation of Indigenous Land” submitted by the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP). The regulations have met criticism from couple of dozens of protesters from indigenous and civil society sectors who take issue with the government only proposing indigenous designation of publicly owned lands. 繼續閱讀 〔Press Release〕2016/03/08 Reject Regulations on the Designation of Indigenous Land? Kolas Yotaka: Don’t Reject it. Act Quickly to Designate our Land.
Originally from October 20th to 24, Taiwan’s Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) was to participate in China Hangzhou Cultural & Creative Industry Expo but had to pull out at the last minute because the Chinese government strongly insisted that the Council had to use “Minorities” in place of “Indigenous Peoples as the name of their organization. Taiwanese Legislator, Kolas Yotaka, criticized that the Chinese government is simply a bandit. 繼續閱讀 〔Press Release〕2016/10/20 China Insists On Using “Minorities” Kolas: “Stop Your Wishful Thinking. Taiwan is Not a Part of China”