The LSA is pleased to announce that members of Indigenous communities seeking to join the LSA can apply for a fee waiver for a new, one-year membership. In honor of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, this offer is available exclusively to first-time members on a complimentary basis as either a new regular or student member.


For the purposes of this initiative, the LSA is working with the UNESCO definition of “indigenous.” According to UNESCO, all definitions of the concept of ‘Indigenous’ regard self-identification as a fundamental criterion for determining the groups to which the term Indigenous should be applied. Within the UN family, the ILO (ILO Convention 169) defines Indigenous and Tribal people as follows:

Tribal people in independent countries whose social, cultural, and economic conditions distinguish them from other sections of the national community, and whose status is regulated wholly or partially by their own customs or traditions or by special laws or regulations. People in independent countries who are regarded as Indigenous on account of their descent from the populations which inhabited the country, or geographical region to which the country belongs, at the time of conquest or colonisation or the establishment of present state boundaries and who irrespective of their legal status, retain some or all of their own social, economic, cultural and political institutions.

Please be advised that the registration forms for these meetings will have a check box for qualifying registrants to affirm that they meet the UNESCO definition. All such requests will be made on an honor system. Only those who have lived as a member of an Indigenous group as defined by UNESCO will qualify under this category.

Members of indigenous communities are invited to use our online form to apply