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Indigenous

Canada’s Inuit to get unified orthography

Inuit in Canada are getting a unified orthography for the first time since Inuktut writing systems were introduced by Christian missionaries in the 18th century, says the national Inuit organization. There are currently nine different Inuktut writing systems used across »

Society

Canadian, Icelandic universities team up for migration conference

Eye on the Arctic features stories and newsmakers from across the North Canada’s University of Manitoba and the University of Iceland’s Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at will team up later this month for a conference looking at migration. The »

Arts & Entertainment, International

Montreal is getting ready to host the next World Esperanto Congress

Montreal will receive the symbolic flag of the World Esperanto Congress in 2020 today in Lahti, Finland. For the occasion, the largest city in the French-speaking province of Quebec is expected to host at least a thousand people, according to »

Politics, Society

French-speaking Ontarians ‘losing a pillar’: report

French-speaking people are a  minority in the province of Ontario and, as of May 1, 2019, they will no longer have an independent commissioner to advance their language rights. The current French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario Francois Boileau has »

Society

Language-disabled student begs court for assistance

Police banged on Matthew’s (*a pseudonym) door one Saturday morning in October 2015 and demanded his identification. He did not understand why. “I was very confused. The police never said exactly what they were charging me with.” Matthew faced having »

Internet, Science & Technology

How traditional Inuit knowledge guides research: Eye on the Arctic video archive

Eye on the Arctic brings you stories and newsmakers from around the North. In today’s instalment, a video from our documentary archive. The Arctic is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the world and Arctic indigenous communities are »

Health, Society

Montreal hospital investigates linguistic “incident”

No French? No treatment. Man claims he was insulted and belittled by Francophone doctor An incident at a hospital in the mainly French speaking province of Quebec is making news, but not in a good way. A Polish-Canadian resident in »

Indigenous

A new app teaches Indigenous Mohawk language

An Indigenous post-secondary organization in the province of Ontario has launched an app for people who want to learn the Mohawk language. Indigenous languages losing ground rapidly Census figures indicate that the number of people who spoke an Indigenous language »

International, Society

Canadian students rank fourth in science

International tests rank Canadian 15-year-olds among the top performers in science and they were also strong in math and reading. The International Student Assessment (PISA) is run every three years by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in 72 »

Indigenous, Society

Indigenous family bans English to preserve culture

Like many parents, Nancy Mike and Andrew Morrison have to work hard if they want to preserve their aboriginal language. Because so much English is spoken in Iqaluit in the northern territory of Nunavut, they have decided to ban English »