Bòrd na Gàidhlig was established as a public body by the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 which was commenced on 13th February 2006.
The legislation is designed to promote the use of Scottish Gaelic, secure the status of the language and ensure its long-term future. The Act sets out 3 main aims for Bòrd na Gàidhlig:
- To increase the number of persons who are able to use and understand the Gaelic language;
- To encourage the use and understanding of the Gaelic language; and
- To facilitate access, in Scotland and elsewhere, to the Gaelic language and Gaelic culture.
The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 (the Act), passed by the Scottish Parliament, seeks to secure the status of Gaelic as an official language of Scotland commanding equal respect to the English language. The Act requires Bòrd na Gàidhlig to prepare and submit to the Scottish Ministers a National Gaelic Language Plan which means the National Plan has legal status and is more than a list of corporate priorities.