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October 12th, 2021

On our mind this week: 
- CELEBRATE with us:  LACC has been selected as a recipient for the Toronto South Local Integration Partnership’s Collaboration Award for our participation in the development of the Mental Health First Aid for Language Instructors project. The Collaboration Award has been awarded annually by the TSLIP since 2015 in an effort to recognize outstanding partnership and collaboration efforts on the part of member organizations.
- ATTEND our next VIRTUAL WORKSHOP on Thursday, October 14 at noon. The focus is on STAKEHOLDER MAPPING and our guest speaker is Nicolas Vergara from Community Resilience to Extreme Weather (CREW). Register here !
- SUPPORT our efforts: As we are at the half-way mark in the Lobbying Training program, and also getting closer to Language Advocacy Day (#LAD22) in February, we wanted to check in, see if you were getting what you hoped to from the workshops, and your thoughts on how we should structure LAD22 and how you would like to participate.


Indigenous Languages


  • Quebec’s overhaul of its strict French-language law under microscope at hearings - Quebec’s proposed overhaul of its French-language charter is under the microscope at legislative hearings, with participants this week raising concerns about the bill’s effect on English speakers and the independence of the judiciary.
  • Open letter to Francis Drouin - "I am glad to hear you are a robust defender of ‘official-language minority communities’. I imagine this must include the English- language minority in Quebec as well as the French-language minority throughout Canada. Omitting buzz-words, what exactly do you mean by ‘modernizing’? What specifically is the ‘reality of today’?"

Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

  • Canadian Immigration Department Launches Online Citizenship Portal - The IRCC will open the online application website to families (groups) and minors under 18 years of age later this year and to representatives to apply on behalf of their clients and clients who are declaring a residence outside Canada as a crown servant or with a crown servant family member in 2022.
  • Immigrant centre aids 200 Afghan refugees - Resettlement agencies are working to find ways to meet the holistic needs of the growing number of Afghan refugees arriving in Canada.
  • We speak a lot of languages in Canada and elections should reflect our diversity - These “immigrant” languages are also the languages of Canadians, along with the two official languages — English and French (which are also immigrant languages). With some 350,000 new immigrants arriving to Canada each year and numbers rising, the variety and number of non-official minority language speakers are constantly increasing.
  • Immigrant nurses in B.C. say language proficiency tests a barrier to practice - Some internationally educated nurses in B.C. say the language proficiency requirement to become a registered nurse is an unnecessary barrier forcing them to give up their career and look for other jobs. Amid the strain of the pandemic on other nurses, they say they feel frustrated, unable to help.

The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

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