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.

Currently, all consultation sessions are re-open; virtually, with our online questionnaire or by email.

All consultation sessions (virtual, online and by email) are anticipated to be completed at the end of November 2020.

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.

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 now a new online questionnaire open 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, through email: PCH.lla-ill.pch@canada.ca.

Virtual Consultation Sessions

Current virtual consultations sessions on the Implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act are now being organized virtually due to the pandemic across Canada. Virtual consultations started on September 28, 2020 and are anticipated to be completed at the end of November 2020.

These virtual consultation sessions are being organized with Indigenous governments, other Indigenous governing bodies, and a variety of Indigenous organizations across the country.  These virtual consultation sessions are by invitation and require advance registration.

Consultation sessions dates, Agenda and Summary of Discussions

Information to come.

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