Have your say: Consultations on the implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act

COVID-19 impact on consultations

Considering the conditions created by the pandemic, consultations are being undertaken using technology options such as video conferencing and teleconferencing in an effort to ensure meaningful participation. While these approaches are currently necessary to ensure everyone’s safety and to respect public health recommendations, they are not intended to be a long-term replacement to more traditional, in-person events.

Please note

The Discussion guide and the online questionnaire have been modified since their release on March 12, 2020.

Current status: Open

In-person consultation sessions started on March 12, 2020, but were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The online questionnaire and submissions by email are open until January 22, 2021.

These consultation sessions will help the Minister of Canadian Heritage make recommendations to the Governor in Council for the appointment of a Commissioner of Indigenous Languages and Directors. They will also support the development of the future Indigenous Languages Funding Model.

They were organized with Indigenous governments, other Indigenous governing bodies and a variety of Indigenous organizations across the country.

Who should participate?

Indigenous Elders, youth, persons with disabilities, women, men, two-spirit and LGBTQ persons, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate.

How to participate?

We invite participants to read the Discussion guide before sharing their thoughts and ideas.

Online questionnaire

There is a new online questionnaire open until January 22, 2021 to all interested parties.

A previous version of our online survey questionnaire on the implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act was available from March 2020, until August 2020. Be assured that all online answers provided between these months will be reviewed by the Department and will inform the implementation of the Act.

New online questionnaire


Interested parties may also share suggestions and submissions, or request a copy of the questionnaire, by email: PCH.lla-ill.pch@canada.ca.

Virtual consultation sessions

Virtual consultations started in September 2020 and closed in December 2020.

Consultation sessions dates and summaries of discussions

Virtual consultation sessions were conducted in fall 2020. Several summaries of these discussions have been completed and are available online. Please refer to specific sessions dates for more details. Further session reports will be made available at a later date.

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