A bill to protect and promote Aboriginal languages and cultures across Quebec is in preparation and could see if the CAQ is re-elected in the next election, The Journal.
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“The question is, how do you keep them alive?” There are several examples [d’actions] in Canada and elsewhere, ”said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ian Lafrenière, who will announce this today on National Aboriginal Peoples Day.
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Ian Lafrenière. Minister
The latter plans to consult with communities over the summer to determine how best to do so by law.
For example, these languages could enjoy a special status, while culture could be further enhanced, he said, without wanting to impose solutions.
“Sometimes we don’t have the same tools, the same ways, but we have the same fight, and that’s to protect AND French, AND Aboriginal languages.” If we do nothing [elles vont] to be called to disappear, ”said the Khaki MP for Vachon in an interview.
The minister’s loss of knowledge of Aboriginal languages was particularly marked during his recent tour of Quebec’s 55 communities.
“People told me it was heartbreaking that young people no longer spoke the language,” he said.
Statistics Canada estimated that there were approximately 50,000 Aboriginal speakers in Quebec in 2016, with the most widely spoken languages being Cree, Inuktitut and Innu.
In the past, “there has been a great desire to make these languages and cultures extinct. It’s not for nothing that communities are trying to reclaim them, ”admits Ian Lafrenière.
The minister’s future bill will have to wait until the next parliamentary session, after the October 3 elections, to be tabled.
His announcement comes just weeks after the passage of Act 96 – which aims to better protect the French – a law that has created outcry among some Aboriginal communities.