Canadian. Language. News.

July 5th, 2021

Indigenous Languages


Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

  • Preserving Northern Languages will require the GNWT to make significant changes to how it is taught in schools and public institutions. That’s the view of language preservers and Elders who came out to a June 7 public hearing on the NWT Official Languages Act, which is up for a five-year review. It’s the first of several hearings to be held around the territory.
  • Protecting the  with a permanent radio - As the elder on the board of members for RKR, Gordon Oke expressed the significance behind providing Kanien’ké:ha content for the community. “We have to progress with the times – one step at a time – in order to attract various age groups.. we’ve got elderly Mohawks who just speak the language, but then we also have a much younger generation who are learning the language and who want to get on the radio to encourage others to learn the language as well.”
  • The Aboriginal languages of First Nations people, Métis and Inuit : census of population, 2016 - Aboriginal languages in Canada have been evolving in this land over generations and reflect rich and diverse histories, landscapes, cultures and knowledge. Many Aboriginal languages are unique to Canada, spoken nowhere else in the world.

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

The Politics of Language and Technology 

  • Canada citizenship study guide for newcomers is getting an 'unvarnished' makeover. - For more than seven decades, the federal government has published a citizenship study guide for wannabe Canadians — a booklet that touches on Canada’s history and geography, its political structure and key tenets of what it means to be a good citizen. The current version, however, hasn’t been updated in more than a decade, drawing criticism for using outdated terminology and leaving out or sanitizing darker moments of Canada’s past, including attempts to forcibly assimilate Indigenous Peoples.
  • Quebec father blames anti-Muslim prejudice,  barriers after baby taken away - The father, whom The Canadian Press is not naming to protect the identity of the child, said that on Wednesday child protection authorities apprehended his three-day-old baby because his wife wears a hijab and doesn’t speak French.
  • A significant number of young Peruvians are looking for new alternatives to study in other countries and then obtain a residence visa, and Canada is one of the countries offering this facility. This option for studying and then obtaining a residence visa is called “Educational Tourism”.
  • Language-learning app Duolingo Inc on Monday filed for a U.S. initial public offering and revealed that its revenue more than doubled in the first quarter this year.

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