• Jasmine Heesaker

Language Watch Canada (Oct 2019)


October 2019 Edition


October's language news stories were interesting and engaging. A lot of good things are happening to keep Canada's language diversity alive and well.


1. Partnerships to help save Indigenous languages lauded with humanities research award

(Oct 9, 2019)

A Simon Fraser University professor’s decades-long journey to document and preserve British Columbia Indigenous languages and create the partnerships and tools to keep those languages alive is being honoured by Canada’s social sciences research community


2. Yukon First Nations aim to preserve, revitalize their languages through video

(Oct 11, 2019)

A project is underway to help preserve and revitalize the languages of Yukon First Nations, entailing the production of 280 videos recorded in the territory's 14 First Nations.


3. Keepers of the Language: 'If you don't use it, you lose it,' says Tlicho host

(Oct 6, 2019)

Cecilia Boyd, host of Tide Gode, CBC's Tlicho-language program, says adults shouldn't be discouraged from learning their language, but it takes work.


4. 'Underfunding' remains big issue for P.E.I. French Language School Board

(Oct 15, 2019)

The French Language School Board on P.E.I. says it's dealing with a deficit of more than $253,000 from the 2018-19 fiscal year. Talks are underway with the province on required funding and levels of service as enrolment continues to grow.


5. 'Cree is my language': School janitor says she was told not to speak Cree

(Oct 12, 2019)

A school division in northern Saskatchewan is investigating after a staff member says she was told by a principal not to speak Cree.


6. Canada Post's English-only URL violates language rights: Commissioner of Official Languages

(Oct 28, 2019)

The Commissioner of Official Languages ​​has ruled that the Canada Post Corporation is not fully respecting the linguistic rights of Francophones by using only an English-language URL for its website.


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