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August 16th, 2021

On our mind this week
The Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning (LPP) online conference (August 26-28, 2021) will gather scholars from different disciplines (language education, anthropology, political studies, social sciences, economics, linguistics) whose work centers on language policy and planning at different levels: local, national and/or international (registration: 
In this video Dr. Amir Kalan and Dr. Mela Sarkar talk about this year's LPP conference, memories from past conferences and the vision for the future of the LPP conference in our world profoundly changed and affected by the pandemic, social movements, climate change experiencing a renewed interest in language rights, Indigenous and minoritized languages.


Indigenous Languages


Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 

  • The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the vulnerability of temporary foreign workers (TFW) in Canada. The federal government has proposed regulatory changes with the goals of improving protections for TFW, improve the government’s ability to prevent bad actors from participating in the program, and strengthen the government’s ability to effectively conduct inspections, according to a July 26 release.
  • When to call 911 - A new virtual service introduced by the Halton Multicultural Council addresses a not too obvious need of many newcomers to Canada: creating awareness of the role of emergency services. Lack of understanding in this area can act as a major stress factor for new Canadians, especially those with traumatic experiences of encounters with the police in their home countries.
  • The Vernon and District Immigrant and Community Services Society has teamed up with Interior Health to launch a social media video campaign to increase vaccine confidence for immigrants. The campaign includes a series of videos, in five languages, with an aim to increase vaccine confidence in newcomers to Canada. The videos include short stories from local immigrants in Punjabi, Mandarin, Arabic, and Spanish and English, that answer the question “Who or What Do You Miss?”
  • New McMaster course explores language and identity among Hamilton’s immigrant communities - Projects will focus on topics such as whether heritage language — the languages of immigrants to Canada — programs meet a group’s needs, inclusivity and government language policies, and conflict related to customs and traditions. Italian, Jewish, Syrian, Ghanaian, Kurdish, Tamil, Polish, Vietnamese and Dutch are among the area’s diasporas that students may study.

The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

Ali G interviews Noam Chomsky - What is language?

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