In this issue, the third edition of Mac-talla published by way of the cooperative effort of shunpiking magazine and Còmhairle Na Gàidhlig, Alba Nuadh, you will find the passion, creativity, conscience and aspirations of Gaels, those who firmly believe that Gaelic language and culture have an important place in the Nova Scotia of today. Minority language rights in Canada and the world, endangered languages, the first-ever map of Gaelic place names of Nova Scotia, short stories, travel, book and music reviews, historical documents, concerns of youth and students, in-depth resources, and more...
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In this issue
To Our Readers * By TONY SEED
LANGUAGE RIGHTS - Over 400 people turned out to meetings throughout Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia to discuss a vision and a strategy for the preservation and development of the Gaelic Language in Nova Scotia late last fall...
Gaelic - The Question of the Right-to-Be * By LEWIS MACKINNON
The report by Dr. Mike Kennedy on the status of Gaelic in Nova Scotia is finally available to the public. The report goes into the history of the Gael from the time of the ancient Celts to the present day.
One language in the world disappears every week. The number and status of speakers of Gaelic, Acadian French, Mi'kmaq and other First Nation languages are under severe pressure. Canada proclaims its showpiece legislation to the world - the Official Languages Act, the Multiculturalism Act, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, etc. - yet fails to provide minority and national languages with a right and a guarantee. The equality of all languages is a growing concern and a basic democratic right.
Taking time out from unseasonably warm holiday weather, representatives of the Gaelic, Acadian French, Mi'kmaq and Irish language communities met for an unprecedented dialogue on language rights.
What drives a person to take on the task of learning another language?
Pàdraig - Siadhail, associate professor and holder of the D'Arcy McGhee Chair of Irish Studies, Saint Mary's University
An interview with Catherine Mason, Sterling Scotland
Also in this edition
Youth & Students
'It's Just Cool to Know': Following in the footsteps of our ancestors
Gaelic language, culture and history is cool. So say the youth.
Students Step Out: The Dalbrae-Scotland Exchange
Twenty students recently returned from a 12-day whirlwind tour of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in March, 2003. Original text in Gaelic.
A'Sireadh Beatha anns a'Ghàidhlig / St. FXU Students Pursue Gaelic Aims
Young Gaels in Hi-tech Breton Link
Students campaign for democratic language rights
Mass Petition to the Nova Scotia Government
M"os Na Gàidhlig - Gaelic Awareness Month 2003
Can English be dethroned?
Launch of daily Irish language newspaper, La
Census shows growth of Welsh
Cornwall: 'welcome to the store'
Nova Scotia and The Highlands join forces to save Gaelic
Road to the Isles. A journey through language, leaving, loneliness and belonging BY SHEENA MASSON
Reflections on a visit to the Isle of Lewis by a second generation Scottish-Canadian
Soul of Scotland? By IAIN CRICHTON SMITH
Gaelic is a language of poetic injustice and little is done where funding is needed to stop the tongue dying. "Shall Gaelic die! What that means is: shall we die?" A visit to Sabhal Mor Ostaig - the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.
Culture & Life
Cuimhne an t-sluaigh - The People's Memory By CAROLINE CAMERON
Am Bràighe Celebrates 10 years
Short Stories : The Deaths andMy Grandfather's Gaelic By MONICA MACKINNON
With A Light Heart By JEFF MACDONALD (GOIRIDH DÒMHNALLACH)
"People of Nova Scotia, don't let this powerful culture fade..."
"Agus chan eil fhios'm ciamar a dh'ionnsaich sinn e, a bhi 'cluinntinn (m')athair is mo mhàthair a'bruidhinn ann an Gàidhlig tha seansa." ("And I don't know how we learned it ... listening to my father and my mother speaking in Gaelic I guess")
Where were the songs of women and their work?
Viriginia MacIsaac reviews at "my mother's door: poems by Joyce Rankin" (Sydney: Sea-Cape Publishing)
Two of the extraordinary piping families in Cape Breton; the MacIntyres and Jamiesons / Sgeul Mu Dheidhinn Dà Theaghlach de Ph"obairean: Teaghlaich-ean Mhic an t-Saoir agus Mhic Sheumais ann an Ceap Breatann By BARRY SHEARS
The passion of 'an act of resistance'; Gaelic recording brings listener to the frolic
Upcoming CD: MacFingan's Sgàthan
A Cry for the Equality of All Languages (1923) By IAIN MACDHÒMHNAILL (JACK D. MACDONALD), translated by EFFI RANKIN
"Though 'The Land of Mountains' is physically the same as she was in the days of Ossian and Finn, she grows feeble in old age and sends out a cry to her children to help her in her present attempt to rejuvenate Gaelic and place it on an equal footing with other languages."
When he spoke, people could visualize the mountains, they could almost see the mist swirling about their peaks, hear the murmer of brooks and the singing of birds as he described 'The Land of Mountains.'"
Related Articles: Language Rights
Editorial, Mac-Talla, June, 2002
"There used to be more than 54 Native languages in Canada. By the end of this century it is predicted that there will only be three if strategies do not change drastically," says Prof. Andrea Bear Nicholas who led the development and implementation of the program at St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
by the South Asia Research Institute
The complete text of a presentation at the First World Punjabi Conference held in Prince George, British Columbia from August 5-7, 2000.
By Steve Connor, science editor, the independent, London, May 15, 2003
Diversity in Jeopardy: Languages and Life Forms, Scientific American
Total Language Distribution, Scientific American
On the relationship of art, heritage, identity and the economy, held in Havana, Cuba from June 9-12, 2003. The congress issued a universal call for the creation of spaces to allow exchangeof initiatives, strategies and projects "in a world ruled by neo-liberal globalization, which threatens our cultures, as it implies a homogenization of approaches and concepts."
After a four-year battle on 1 February 2002, SOS Montfort, defeated the attempts of the Harris government to close down the full-fledged community teaching hospital in Ottawa. The victory was a result of a tenacious struggle. SOS Montfort based itself on the principle that Franco-Ontarians have rights by virtue of being a minority and that these rights have to be provided with a guarantee. It went all out to mobilize people across Canada to support this just cause, mobilizing everyone it could irrespective of language, of their nationalorigin, political affiliation or ideological belief. It also explained that a victory for one minority would be a victory for all minorities.
"Obituary: The Bilingual Education Act 1968-2002" by James Crawford, Spring, 2002. On 8 January 2002, Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as the Bilingual Education Act, was eliminated as part of a larger"school reform" measure known as No Child Left Behind, proposed by the Bush administration and passed with broad bipartisan support.
"ENGLISH ONLY" - Document from the American Civil Liberties Union, 1996
"OFFICIAL ENGLISH? NO! - A Chronology of the Official English Movement" by Jamie B. Draper and Martha Jimènez, TESOL 1996. TESOL is a professional association for teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
For more background on the question of US English, please consult other articles on the Internet by James Crawfornd under "Resources: Related Links and Articles"