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Language Legislation

In December 2016, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government would be developing legislation to support the revitalization Indigenous languages in Canada. In his announcement, he stated that, "our government will enact an Indigenous Languages Act, co-developed with Indigenous Peoples, with the goal of ensuring the preservation, protection, and revitalization of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit languages in this country."

This page provides a collection of resources to inform and support the development of Indigenous Languages Legislation in Canada.

NEW! Indigenous Languages Legislation Consultation
In June and July of 2018 the Department of Canadian Heritage (DCH) hosted community engagement sessions, on the proposed Indigenous Languages legislation, in the B.C. communities of Vancouver, Kamloops, Nanaimo and Prince George. The B.C. Assembly of First Nations held pre-engagement information sessions the day before each DCH engagement to help those attending understand the process and to assist in this opportunity to contribute to the legislation. 

For those who were unable to attend one of the sessions in person you can still lend your knowledge, experience and opinions on the legislation through one of the following methods:

Complete an online survey

Department of Canadian Heritage
indigenous Languages Legislation
25 Eddy Street, 12th Floor, Room 085
Gatineau Quebec
K1A 0M5

For more information on participating in the consultation process please contact the Engagement Coordinator
Email: info@ildii.ca
Tel: 1-204-940-1700 or 1-855-940-1700 (toll free)

Access the Department of Canadian Heritage Discussion Guide on their webpage or download the PDF.

Assembly of First Nations' Bulletin on the Indigenous Languages Initiative, June 2018.
Assembly of First Nations' Update on the Indigenous Languages Legislation, June 2018.

The co-development committee for the legislation (which includes the national Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis Nation and the Department of Canadian Heritage) has launched a website to provide updated information on the collaborative co-development process. Click here to access the website.

FPCC Reports and Resources on Indigenous Languages Legislation

This section includes some resources that FPCC has developed in support of Indigenous Languages Legislation

A Legislation Framework and How to Provide Input

FPCC has compiled information to help you get started on developing your own input into the legislation.

Community Position Papers

This section includes position papers from communities that have been shared with FPCC.

Regional Engagement Sessions

This section includes information about the regional sessions held by FPCC in May and June 2017. A community report was compiled to gather the findings of these sessions, which you can find on this page.

Assembly of First Nations Engagement Sessions on Indigenous Languages Legislation

This section provides information about the Engagement Sessions on Indigenous Languages Legislation held by the Assembly of First Nations in 2017. 

Important Documents About Indigenous Languages Legislation

This section provides links to important documents about Indigenous Languages Legislation; documents include reports from Canada, international documents, and letters and resolutions.

Existing Legislation on Indigenous Languages

This section provides information about existing legislation forIndigenous languages across Canada and internationally. 
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