Leaders call on province to drop language legislation

 By Marc Lalonde  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Indigenous leaders are calling on the Quebec government to drop plans for a provincial law that would ostensibly protect Indigenous languages, saying it should be up to Indigenous people and their respective communities to decide how best to protect their languages, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Grand Chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer said. “Our pleas fell on deaf ears,’ Sky-Deer said. “Quebec has no jurisdiction on language laws and we want for them to leave it alone and let us handle it.” The discussion took place largely at the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) three-day assembly last week in Quebec City. Sky-Deer said Kahnawake has not yet decided how the community will respond to a request for a reaction to the proposed…

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