Canadian. Language. News.

May 24th, 2021
Welcome to OUR LANGUAGE RIGHTS, bi-weekly curation of language related news across Canada brought to you by LAD Canada, a community of forward-thinking organizations and individuals in the non-profit, public and private sectors, driven by the desire to make a positive impact by advocating for access to information and services in languages people understand.

Indigenous Languages

Two students in UPEI's indigenous education program have created some new lessons in Mi'kmaw for the Native Council of Prince Edward Island to share with its members. Chantal Peppin and James Omowumi spent 10 weeks with the Native Council as part of their teacher training. 

Through repetition and effort, Fife made his language more than an academic pursuit. “For many years every week I would speak to my grandparents working on my language. Speaking to them gave the language a usefulness, a purpose. You cannot learn it to tick a box for a self- identity checklist; it needs to have meaning in your daily life.

"Many aspects of their culture are absent from their life, so there was a real sense of cultural alienation," Yolaine Williams, one of the commission's investigators, told CBC News. The commission released its report on Wednesday. The investigation was prompted in part by a 2018 CBC investigation that found children in group homes run by Batshaw Youth and Family Services and the local health authority — the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal — were sometimes being punished for speaking Inuktitut.


Quebec’s radical proposed language legislation, Bill 96, which was tabled last week, was predicted by a demographer who published an analysis in January that highlights the negative effects of immigration on French language in the province.

Plan to cap spaces in English-language CEGEPs could have unintended consequences - However, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) said the government should be focusing on ensuring students become bilingual. “(Students) who can fill the needs of business, the businesses already here and the businesses wanting to come in and invest in Quebec,” said QCGN director general, Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

Helping post-secondary institutions deliver quality education in a minority language helps promote and preserve the French language. These institutions play a vital role in helping official-language minority communities thrive. In addition to opening their doors to French-speaking students who want to study in their own language, the schools provide places where these young people can come together, create connections and take part in community life.

Immigration/ Settlement, Pandemic and Emergency Communication

Indian-born Sahib Singh Rana, co-founder of the Lazeez Shawarma Middle Eastern & Mediterranean food chain based in the GTA and beyond, was honoured with the Canadian SME business magazine’s “Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year” award for 2020 on April 30, 2021.

Many Filipinos will tell you it's the first question that's asked when a loved one walks in the door, because, culturally, food is much more than just something to eat. "Food can be its own language of love and appreciation, or even its own apology, in a sense," said Michael Juarez, a culinary graduate of SAIT in Calgary.

Language Rights and Advocacy

Why We Spell the Way We Do (a blog by Translation Bureau).

After a somewhat arduous awards season, Deepa Mehta won best director for Funny Boy. The film was originally slated to be Canada's submission to the Oscars for best international film, but was later rejected by the Academy for falling short if its language requirements.  A zombie horror movie set on a First Nations reserve took home the most trophies on the final night of the Canadian Screen Awards on Thursday, while the top prize went to a coming-of-age film inspired by the Oka Crisis

Song of the day - the Los Angeles Public Library kicked off its celebration of AAPI Heritage Month with a performance from the LA band The Linda Lindas.
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