Stay out of Indigenous language jurisdiction, First Nations leaders tell Quebec

 By Shari Narine Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Mohawk Council of Kahnawa:ke (MCK) is telling the Quebec government to support Indigenous Nations in revitalizing their own languages rather than imposing “even more colonial ideologies” on that work. Jessica Lazare, MCK’s lead portfolio chief for heritage, contends that a newly-proposed bill to revitalize Indigenous languages, which is on the agenda of Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government, is a “band-aid solution”. The bill attempts to mitigate the impacts of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec on Indigenous peoples. The Charter of the French Language was strengthened last year through Bill 96, despite Indigenous organizations and students marching against it and protesting it at the legislature. The bill was passed in May 2022. Indigenous Nations asked…

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