Canadian. Language. News.

August 31st, 2021

On our mind this week: 

1. Following up from our last two workshops, this discussion will look at ways to decentralize LACC activity to ensure the broadest reach and efficacy of our collective advocacy efforts, while still maintaining centralized coordination and support. Please come with your ideas and models we can consider for fit.
What: Workshop 4: Coordinating Advocacy Nationally
When: Thursday, September 16, 2021

2. Tune in and VOTE! Canada election - Leaders debates set for Sept. 8 and 9, 2021 Debate topics will be unveiled three days before each event takes place and will be simultaneously interpreted into American Sign Language, Lange des signes québécoise, and six Indigenous languages. According to the release, OMNI Television will live interpret in Arabic, Cantonese, Italian, Mandarin, Punjabi, and Tagalog.


Indigenous Languages

  • Nation-to-nation respect in new book - “When they started the first language immersion school in Kahnawake, it was put together without any real long-term planning, since it was really a response to Bill 101,” said Diabo.


Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

  • First time Ottawa South NDP candidate fights for an equitable Canada - Mukbil speaks four languages — English, French, Arabic and Harari. The national security expert has a degree from Carleton University along with her 18 years of experience working in the federal government. Mukbil says she believes the large immigrant community in Ottawa South is excited to have a candidate who understands their struggles. Many people have been telling her, “you inspire my daughter.”
  • Canada election: Scarborough–Agincourt - Around 66 per cent of the riding’s population are immigrants, and more residents in the riding speak a non-official language as a mother tongue than both English and French combined.

The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

  • I risked my life for the Canadian military in Afghanistan, now my family is in danger. They are targeting the families of those who refuse to give themselves up, and prosecuting and punishing those families according to Sharia law. My family members are in hiding, but the Canadian government says they don't qualify for help. I guess I did not sacrifice enough.
  • Robert Libman: Currying favour with Quebec brings big risks - All the major party leaders have tacitly accepted Bill 96 and its preemptive use of the notwithstanding clause, which relegates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the trash heap. And nary a peep about Quebec’s so-called secularism law — Bill 21 — even from Jagmeet Singh, a lawyer and practising Sikh who wouldn’t be allowed to practise law for the government, sit as a judge or teach in a public school in Quebec.
  • Policy allowing traditional names on passports criticized for not going far enoughA change in federal policy allowing traditional Indigenous names on passports and other travel documents is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t go far enough, says the vice-president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.
  • Kuné quartet to bring international sounds to Cultural Centre in the Park - An initiative of Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, Kuné, which means “together” in Esperanto, was developed to explore and celebrate Canada’s cultural diversity through music and connect everyone, regardless of background, with the universal language.


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