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C.C.S.M. c. A1.5
The Aboriginal Languages Recognition Act
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(Assented to June 17, 2010)
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:
1 The languages of Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuktitut, Michif, Ojibway and Oji-Cree are recognized as the Aboriginal languages spoken and used in Manitoba.
2 This Act may be referred to as chapter A1.5 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.
3 This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.