Call to Action #14

14. We call upon the federal government to enact an Aboriginal Languages Act that incorporates the following principles:

i. Aboriginal languages are a fundamental and valued element of Canadian culture and society, and there is an urgency to preserve them.

ii. Aboriginal language rights are reinforced by the Treaties.

iii.The federal government has a responsibility to provide sufficient funds for Aboriginal-language revitalization and preservation.

vi. The preservation, revitalization, and strengthening of Aboriginal languages and cultures are best managed by Aboriginal people and communities.

v. Funding for Aboriginal language initiatives must reflect the diversity of Aboriginal languages.

14. To preserve Aboriginal languages which is reinforced by treaties. The Government of Canada has a responsibility to fund Aboriginal language recovery and protection. This recovery of Aboriginal language is to be managed by Aboriginal people and communities.

Compiled by: Jeanine Morley

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