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October 25th, 2021

On our mind this week:

Dear friends in Language Advocacy,
We are four months out from Language Advocacy Day 2022, slated for February 22. We want to build on the successes of last year and deliver an impactful day that brings policy makers, language service providers and diverse linguistic communities together. We can only do this with your insights and your help! Following LAD21, you asked us for language advocacy training, which we have provided through our Language Advocacy Virtual Workshop series.
As we start planning LAD22, we want to hear from you what more we can do to help you be prepared, how you would like to engage, and what specifically you would like to see happen during the day. 
Please fill out this short survey so that our planning for both advocacy training and LAD22 can reflect your needs, and get inspired by our newest blog, Chat with Language Advocate, Dr. Esther Ajiboye (Refugee 613).


The LACC Team

"My message is consistently like, we've proved this works, we proved this has better health outcomes, that it makes more sense to roll it out across the province rather than taking it away from this region because other regions don't have it." - Lucia Harrison , CEO, Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre

Indigenous Languages


  • Impact of Good Talk campaigns in Quebec and French Canada -The quality of the written and spoken language in Quebec and the rest of French Canada has long been the subject of criticism. Wim Remessen, Professor of Sociolinguistics and Language History at the University of Sherbrooke, explains how these criticisms led to the “Speak Well” campaigns in French.
  • Tasha Kheiriddin: Quebec nationalists exploited rifts over minority for electoral gain - That protection has always limited the rights of minorities within the province. In the 1970s, it focused on the province’s English-speaking population, which was mostly of British descent. Bill 101, known officially as the Charter of the French Language, required businesses to operate in French, children to attend French schools unless a parent had attended an English school in Quebec, and retailers to post signs solely or mostly in French. Faced with these requirements, many anglophones voted with their feet; over 500,000 have left Quebec in the past 40 years.
  • Black, Indigenous mothers say they were sterilized without full consent at Quebec hospitals - women say they felt pressured to get tubes tied during labour, did not understand the procedure

Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

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