Have your say: Consultations on the Implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act
COVID-19 impact on consultations
The conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic affected the conduct of face-to-face consultations. However, we continue the online consultations. Updates will be provided as the situation evolves.
Current Status: Open
Consultation and engagement sessions focused on the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages and directors start on March 12, 2020, and are expected to be completed in the summer 2020.
Other consultations and engagement sessions on the Implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act will continue until Fall 2020.
The Government of Canada is undertaking both online and in person consultation and engagement sessions across Canada on the implementation of the Indigenous Languages Act, with an initial focus on the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages and directors.
These consultation and engagement sessions will help the Minister of Canadian Heritage make recommendations to the Governor in Council for the appointment of a Commissioner and up to three directors.
There will also be an opportunity for preliminary discussions on the future Indigenous Languages Investment Framework.
Who should participate?
In person consultation and engagement sessions are being organized with Indigenous governments, other Indigenous governing bodies, and a variety of Indigenous organizations across the country. These will begin on March 12, 2020 in Whitehorse, Yukon, with Yukon First Nations. Additional sessions to come.
The Government of Canada is also opening the online consultation. Indigenous Elders, youth, children, persons with disabilities, women, men, two-spirit and LGBTQ persons, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate by completing the questionnaire.
How to participate
Consultation and engagement sessions focused on the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages and directors are expected to be completed in the summer 2020.
You may also share your ideas and suggestions, or request a copy of the questionnaire, through email.
- 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)
Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).
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