Canadian. Language. News.

January 25th, 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. We are interested in the role languages have in economic recovery, education, mental and seniors' health as well as in creating a more equitable and inclusive society. Our objective is to inform, connect and help with increasing visibility for language rights activism efforts through all relevant platforms, offline and online.
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Indigenous Languages

Understanding and Promoting Linguistic Diversity
Researchers estimate that more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages will not survive into the next century. These at-risk languages are mainly spoken in socially and politically marginalized communities, such as many of Canada's Indigenous communities. 

The Ayajuthem language radiates across territory
“The word Gɩǰɛ..gih’jeh radiates across airwaves through deep forests, over waters, into intricate fjords and snowy mountain tops into the lush and vibrant area of Ayajuthem-speaking territory.” 

Forced to travel during pandemic, Nunavut women want birthing services at home
IQALUIT, Nunavut — In October, Collette Nilaulak gave birth, alone, to her third child in a hospital room about 1,200 kilometres from her home in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Pandemic restrictions meant one person could be with her at Winnipeg's Saint Boniface Hospital. But, Nilaulak's partner, who had flown south with her. had to remain at a hotel to watch their two-year-old daughter" 

Time capsule project tells artists' stories of the pandemic for future generations
A time capsule may seem like a strange idea at the end of a year many of us can't wait to forget. But a Vancouver-based arts organization is focusing on preserving this unique time in history for future generations to look back on through 12 new digital performances. "The idea is to have something that a future society or future community can access and give them an idea of some of the things we're going through during this big shift," author and artist Waubgeshig Rice told Margaret Gallagher, guest host of CBC's On the Coast.” 

New Indigenous language radio show set for NCI FM in January
“A new educational Indigenous language radio show called Aakoziiwigamig: An Ojibwe Radio Drama is set to air early next year on Native Communications Incorporated (NCI FM).This show is created in partnership with The University of Winnipeg’s Office of Indigenous Engagement, Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, U of W’s Oral History Centre, NCI FM, Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc., and Mazinaate Publishing Partnership.” 


CRTC chair pushes back on CBC request for eased transparency requirements around digital content
“Oversight and transparency took centre stage on Day 1 of a nearly three-week review of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s broadcasting licences, as the rush to furnish digital content butts up against regulatory concerns.”

Bilingualism in Manitoba  
A document that has the map of French Language in Canada and a document with Milestones in Manitoba's Language Rights History

The national unity question that most of Canada is ignoring
“Tom Mulcair: The debate around language and individual rights is in full flight in Quebec, pushed by separatist and nationalist thinkers who are scoring into an open net”

French language assistants happy to be in Yukon during pandemic Social Sharing
“Instead of being home for the holidays, a group of francophone classroom assistants in Yukon are spending time away from family. And even if their routines and radiations have been derailed, some are delighted to be staying put in the North.” 

Kindergarten registration is now open at CSC Nouvelon schools
"Parents wishing to register their child in a French language Kindergarten program are invited to come discover Conseil scolaire catholique Nouvelon’s elementary schools during their Kindergarten Registration event in January."

ICCRC Announces French-language Provider of the New Graduate Diploma Program “BURLINGTON, Ontario, Dec. 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is pleased to announce that Université de Montréal has been designated as the sole accredited French language provider of the new graduate diploma program. As previously announced, Queen’s University is the accredited English provider. Since August 1, 2020, the graduate diploma program is the only pathway for individuals who want to become Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs).”

Immigration/ Pandemic and Emergency Communication

Pandemic intensifies silent sorrow of Canada’s asylum seekers
“Culture shock, social isolation and other hurdles have always taken a heavy toll on the mental health of refugees — and the pandemic could drive many to the breaking point, experts warn” 

Peterborough’s New Canadians Centre helps newcomers come together, even when we’re apart Lubna Sadek, youth group facilitator at the New Canadians Centre in Peterborough, got to know the viral children’s hit song “Baby Shark” really well this summer. 
“She sang it every day when she visited newcomer families in isolation online and in person.  “Baby Shark is a song about bringing families together, helping them stay connected especially when they feel alone,” Sadek says. “As it turns out, it is a favourite among newcomer children as it helps them learn language. And it makes them really happy when they sing it.””

Language Rights and Advocacy

Nearly half of adult Canadians struggle with literacy — and that's bad for the economy
“Nearly half of Canada's population has a big roadblock ahead of them when it comes to post-pandemic economic recovery — and it's not the novel coronavirus but a fundamental set of skills for daily life.”

Language barriers can’t stop Armstrong senior from shining “Our sweet Sayuri Koyama is a bright light at Heaton Place. She’s always greeting the staff with her infectious smile.The language was a barrier in getting to know her better, and so with the help of her dear friend, Ivan, we were able to learn a little about her life.” 

Language Education and Technology

How to express your emotions from behind a mask
“TORONTO -- While a face mask covers one’s smile, one expert says Canadians are still able to express themselves and show emotion to one another through their body language and facial expressions despite having their mouth covered.” 

Regina woman named first Canada Research Chair in Deaf Education
“Growing up deaf and struggling through the mainstream education system, Joanne Weber thought academia was a world she would never enter. Support in schools for students like her were non-existent at the time, she said. That was in the 1960s, and Weber said she was part of the first generation of deaf children in Saskatchewan whose parents wanted them to go through the mainstream education system rather than through a separate program.” 

Hockey Night in Canada announcer leads Edmonton summit on racial discrimination in hockey
“For more than a decade, Harnarayan Singh has been the voice of Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi. But in a virtual summit at Edmonton's MacEwan University on Thursday, Singh recounted how throughout his experience as a fan and broadcaster in the sport he loves, he's faced racial slurs, discrimination and people telling him he didn't belong.”
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