Canadian. Language. News.

August 2nd, 2021

On our mind, the last couple of weeks
    First, Howard Lichtman's blog post about PostCovid Economy, Advertising and Multi-Generational Impact of Linguistic and Cultural Localization and how "parent’s first language and culture, inclusive of food, calendars of celebration, and a choice of brands and media outlets, quietly influences the emotional perception of concepts and words marketing campaign use for one or maybe two generations of consumers." Read, share, and let us know if you are interested to be our next guest blogger!
     And second, various views on the appointment of a new Canadian governor-general, Mary Simon, an accomplished diplomat from northern Quebec, of Inuk-heritage, a champion of Indigenous rights, yet not fluent in French. Why Mary Simon was chosen as Canada's next governor-general?


Indigenous Languages

  • Editor and author Tatâga Thkan Wagich (Trent Fox) said working on Îethka: Stoney Language in Stoney has been a fun learning experience. “Each person has told a very important story and teaching that they have received,” he said. As part of the project, Fox has been dedicatedly researching the history of the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and language. Through his research, it appears the Stoney language, Îethka, is the only language of Sioux that has not been affected by language loss.
  • Little Stars PLAYhouse in Winnipeg to offer educational programming on Métis culture and language. If all partners are able to work within the nation-to-nation, government-to-government framework, we can accomplish many more great things for early learning and child care in our province.”
  • Ransom was among the first students of Á:se Tsi Tewá:ton (we will make it new again) in Akwesasne, on the Ontario, Quebec and New York state borders, to graduate from the community's only Kanien'kéha adult immersion program.  Despite many language revitalization efforts, all dialects of Kanien'kéha, or the Mohawk language, are on UNESCO's list of "definitely endangered" languages in Canada.


Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

  • The Our Living Languages exhibit opened on July 21 at the Penticton Museum & Archives, and it will run through Sept. 30. It showcases the groundbreaking language work done by Jack, the En’owkin Centre, and three other nsyilxcən speakers — Dave Parker, Bernice (Baptiste) Squakin, and Herbie Manuel — since the ‘70s.
  • Best friends' books teach kids the power of healing, in four languages - Earlier this year, they applied for and received a provincial grant and started with a series of three books — New Brunswick Wildlife in Four Languages, Count to Ten in Four Languages and Know Your Colours in Four Languages — designed specifically to teach elementary school students to understand other cultures. "That's how respect comes for other cultures, by understanding their language," Mazerolle said.

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

- Respect and recognition should be reciprocal - Asking for recognition and respect, without reciprocity, becomes hard to differentiate from a show of colonial arrogance.
- The truth is that, despite Canada’s bilingual pretensions, the vast majority of people outside Quebec don’t speak French, while a little less than half of the people in Quebec speak both English and French. A bilingualism requirement therefore automatically privileges Quebecers. When you consider that only 13% of immigrants speak English and French, and more than 80% of immigrants say that their first language is neither English nor French, it doesn’t require a degree in higher mathematics to realize that most immigrants to Canada speak English, often along with Mandarin, Arabic, Hindi or Spanish.
What happens when states have more than 1 official language?
Catalan and Spanish at the Olympic Games in Barcelona,1992
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