Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada) July 24 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services on behalf of Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, informing that Canada is investing more than $4.1 million over two years to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in Atlantic Canada.
Budget 2019 includes an investment of $333.7 million over five years, followed by $115.7 million per year thereafter, to support the implementation of the act. This funding, which is provided through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, will support 36 community-based projects, in Indigenous communities in the Atlantic provinces, including language camps, classes, immersion programs and mentor-apprentice programs, distribution of language resources, including translator tools, educational materials and children’s books and preservation, revitalization and promotion of the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, Wolastoqey and Innu-Aimun languages.
“Together with Indigenous partners, we are ensuring that Indigenous languages can flourish across the country,” said Rodríguez.
“We understand the importance of these projects, as they make a genuine difference and have a major impact in the revitalization of Indigenous languages," said Seamus O’Regan
UNESCO declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. According to UNESCO, three-quarters of the 90 Indigenous languages in Canada are considered endangered. On June 21, the Governor General of Canada granted Royal Assent to the Indigenous Languages Act.