Canadian. Language. News.

November 22nd, 2021

On our mind this week:

1. For Ronald Ignace, 1st appointed Canadian Commissioner of Indigenous Languages, language revitalization is a form of self-determination that reaffirms Indigenous Peoples’ identities as nations within Canadian society. “My view is that no language ought to be left behind and nor should it stand in the shadow of others... It’s an important component of who are as a people and our rights as nations across the country.” Because of the immensity and complexity of its mandate, Ignace said the new commission is currently in the process of laying the groundwork: “We don’t have a blueprint on which to build the commission.. we were appointed as commissioners. Now we’re constructing the commission from ground zero.” That includes doing a costing study. He said it requires between 2,000 and 2,500 hours of study for someone to become an able speaker: “The systemic, colonial and racist policies that have led to the death of many of our people and the destruction of our languages and cultures is a hard, long struggle to transform”. (APTN News).

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The LACC Team


Indigenous Languages


Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

  • This Calgary area hit 99% vaccination among those eligible - Over the summer there was a mass vaccination clinic at Village Square Leisure Centre, which had volunteers and workers speaking 72 different languages, transportation options, extended hours for those who do shift work and a barrier-free approach — meaning those without health cards could participate in the clinic. There were also mobile clinics in the area through the summer and into the fall.

The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

To bring awareness to The International Year of Indigenous Languages students at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Cape Breton recorded in 2019 Paul McCartney's Blackbird in their native Mi'kmaq language.
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