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The Scottish Government Just (very quietly) Announced It Will Develop A New Diaspora Engagement Strategy

Although we are not certain that anyone really heard, Scotland has recently announced it’s intention to sweep off, update and modernize it’s Diaspora Engagement Strategy.  The announcement was made March 25th within the context of the release of Scotland’s new “International Policy Statement”. Here is the reference: “Scotland has an extensive and valued diaspora who, […]

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Ireland Just Released Its Brand New Diaspora Policy

“The Irish nation cherishes its special affinity with people of Irish ancestry living abroad who share its cultural identity and heritage” So goes the opening comment by the Republic of Ireland to the estimated 70 million descendants of Irish emigrants across the globe that opens Ireland’s new Diaspora Policy.  Not a bad start.  You can review the entire report […]

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Do People In Scotland Value Scotland’s Heritage? Survey Says . . . ?????

Last month Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop announced the government’s recent conclusion that “Scots value heritage and culture”.  The claim is based upon the most recent Scottish Household Survey released in August of 2014.  The Secretary’s press release reports that nine in ten Scots agree heritage buildings and places should […]

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Scottish Clan Events Fund: A Chance for Scotland to Support Scottish Clans & Families.

The Scottish Government has, in recognition of the importance that it places on Clan Tourism to the Scottish economy (that’s their quote not ours), worked with Clan representatives to support the creation of the Scottish Clan Event Fund.  The fund is intended to provide legally constituted Clans and Clan Societies with financial support of up […]

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If Your Kids Were Irish …

If your kids were interested in the ancient Irish language instead of their own Scots Gaelic, they could compete for scholarships to study in Ireland in an awesome immersion program offered through the Irish government’s partnership with the United States government and funded by the National Lottery in Ireland. Then when their scholarship was awarded, […]

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NEWS FLASH: Reports Of The Scottish Clan System’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

This is the latest in a dialogue with Scottish blogger Phoenix45.org. Thank you Phoenix45.org, for your latest comments in our ongoing dialogue.  The beauty of this is we are actually dredging up areas of potential agreement.  If we can last long enough.  For instance, P45 says this: “I have no problem with the diaspora and their […]

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Diaspora Strategy: Back To Our Image Problem

Apparently we have launched a dialogue! Outstanding because we love to talk!  From the looks of it, we have quite a bit of talking yet to do to convince some of our Scottish brothers and sisters that we are just people of Scottish ancestry who enjoy knowing where we came from and at least the […]

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Support Builds For Scottish Birthright Visits: Ireland To Consider Irish American Student “Birthright” Style Trips to Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is definitely fired up about their Ancestral Diaspora.  The numbers of Irish living outside of Ireland but claiming Irish descent are larger even than the Scottish Ancestral Diaspora – or so claims Ireland.  Recently, Ireland appointed a special Diaspora Minister to build and maintain the strongest possible relationship with Ireland’s global […]

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Just When You Thought Nobody Was Watching: Does the Scottish Diaspora have an image problem in Scotland?

A few editions back, Planet COSCA.Scot included a swell little article on the December party at Holyrood Palace hosted by the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs aiming to connect with and energize the Chiefly heirs so they will be ready to assume all of those important tasks that their fathers and mothers, the hereditary leaders […]

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Scots Diaspora Strategy: Ours Not Theirs

I have been graced by a New Year’s epiphany.  A Scottish Diaspora Strategy isn’t necessarily Scotland’s strategy.  It can be – aye, should be – our strategy. Translation:  In the past and continuing to this very day, the Scottish government has asked its Ancestral Diaspora to play a predefined and very narrow role in the government’s internal Diaspora policies.  As pointed […]

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