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e-2453 (Indigenous affairs)

Initiated by Jenna Robar from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • There are approximately 60 Indigenous languages in Canada;
  • 2019 was declared by the United Nations as the Year of Indigenous Languages;
  • The speaking of Indigenous languages is integral to the well-being of Indigenous peoples;
  • The Government of Canada is committed to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a renewed relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership as the foundation for transformative change;
  • As per Article 13 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which states: Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literature, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons; and
  • As per the "Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action" document, sub-category "Language and Culture", Articles 13-16, recommending the protection and revitalization of Indigenous languages.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Recognize Indigenous languages as being official languages of Canada; and
2. To have each language recognized nationally, with implementations on regional and provincial levels, acknowledging that many regions have different languages.
Open for signature
February 28, 2020, at 1:27 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 28, 2020, at 1:27 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
Beaches—East York
Liberal Caucus
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