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Fourth Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature

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Bill 24

THE ABORIGINAL LANGUAGES RECOGNITION ACT


Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS there are seven Aboriginal languages currently spoken in Manitoba, being Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuktitut, Michif, Ojibway and Oji-Cree;

AND WHEREAS recent studies indicate that just 30% of First Nations people can speak an Aboriginal language well enough to carry on a conversation;

AND WHEREAS the Michif language, a blend of French and Cree that was once common in Metis communities, is now considered endangered, as there are fewer than 1,000 people who speak it;

AND WHEREAS younger generations of Aboriginal people are increasingly likely to acquire their language as a second language rather than as a mother tongue — a trend that is most evident among those living off-reserve in urban areas;

AND WHEREAS Aboriginal languages are vital to the survival of the culture and identity of Aboriginal people;

AND WHEREAS language revitalization can contribute to increased self-esteem, community well-being and cultural continuity;

AND WHEREAS the government has a role to play in recognizing and promoting the preservation and use of Aboriginal languages;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Recognition of Aboriginal languages

1           The languages of Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuktitut, Michif, Ojibway and Oji-Cree are recognized as the Aboriginal languages spoken and used in Manitoba.

C.C.S.M. reference

2           This Act may be referred to as chapter A1.5 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force

3           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill recognizes Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuktitut, Michif,  Ojibway and Oji-Cree as the Aboriginal languages spoken and used in Manitoba.