• Jasmine Heesaker

Language Watch Canada (Jun 2019)

Updated: Oct 16, 2019


June 2019 Edition

There is so much going on in Canada's language news has been so diverse in 2019, I can't wait to see what the coming months bring. Settle in to this month's edition! In no particular order:


1. Montreal student speaks 19 languages — and he's still learning more

(Jun 24, 2019)

This article delves into an interview with the most multilingual student in Canada.


2. Indigenous-language speakers from around the world gather in Victoria for revitalization conference

(Jun 25, 2019)

This article explores the "Let the Languages Live" conference, which aims to provide speakers with tools to help revitalize their languages.


3. Saving a dying language: stories of some hopeful rescuers

(Jun 22, 2019)

This article profiles Indigenous leaders and students that are determined to revive the languages of their ancestors.


4. Haida man aims to save endangered language through educational podcast

(Jun 25, 2019)

This article examines how the "Haida Gwaii Mentor Apprentice Program Podcast" aims to save the Haida language through interviews and lessons with learners, teachers, elders.


5. Keepers of the Language: Chipewyan host says it's never too late to learn

(Jun 3, 2019)

This article features how Marlene Grooms, the voice CBC North's Chipewyan language program, is keeping the Chipewyan language alive.


6. Mother and daughter learn Cree together and share teaching techniques

(Jun 19, 2019)

This article celebrates how a mother and daughter are rejuvenating their Cree roots through learning the language using the ASLA method.


7. Language barrier causes St. Mary’s Hospital to allegedly refuse services to elderly patient

(Jun 5, 2019)

This article discusses the case of an elderly patient who claims that she was refused treatment at St-Mary's Hospital because she didn't speak English.


8. Canadian Government Rolls Out Language Maturity Model

(Jun 24, 2019)

This article shares how the OLMM will enable institutions to assess “the extent to which official languages are part of their activities.” In other words, their language maturity.


9. Mi'kmaq Blackbird singer gets huge shoutout from Paul McCartney

(Jun 3, 2019)

This article shares how a high school student's cover of the song "Blackbird" in Mi'kmaq made waves across the world.


10. 'Inclusive innovation' key to preserving endangered Indigenous languages

(Jun 21, 2019)

This article explores how technology could be a key tool in the fight to preserve endangered Indigenous languages.


Did anything stand out? Let me know in the comments!

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