MANITOBA, October 15, 2020
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting the efforts of Indigenous Peoples to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen their languages.
In a virtual announcement this morning, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, along with the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, announced as much as $487,000 in funding for the Louis Riel Institute, the Northwest Metis Council and Two Sisters Language Resources and Applied Linguistics. These organizations are dedicated to promoting and strengthening Indigenous languages in Manitoba.
This Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program investment will increase the number of community driven activities dedicated to keeping the Michif and Saulteaux languages alive, as well as bolster the number of resources available online to strengthen and revitalize these languages.
As part of its commitment to help Indigenous Peoples preserve their languages, the
Government of Canada is hosting a series of virtual consultations on the implementation of the Indigenous Language Act and how an Indigenous languages funding model can best meet the needs of First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation. Minister Steven Guilbeault is participating in a consultation today with members of the Métis Nation community.