Highlights / language

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 »

Indigenous, International, Society

From women’s leadership to children’s literature, website spotlights Labrador Inuit

It’s rare you can learn about everything from Labrador’s Inuit women leaders, to children’s Inuktitut literature, in just one place. But thanks to a new website launched this month, researchers, and those from the region, can now do just that. Titled »

Arts & Entertainment, Society

Sequel coming to film that spoofed language divide

Canadians loved the 2006 movie, Bon Cop Bad Cop because of hilarious scenes that epitomized cultural differences between the French and English in Canada, and soon there will be a sequel. Different work styles mirrored stereotypes In the original film, »

Health, Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology

Website launched to help Inuit living with cancer

Video: Sophie Keenlan – One Woman’s Journey When Sophie Keelan found out she had breast cancer in 2007, she experienced the same feelings of disbelief, fear and uncertainty that any other Canadian feels when they receive a cancer diagnosis. But like other Inuit »

Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Human sounds convey emotions faster than words

It seems that ancient survival and communal adaptations still lurk in our brains. Research at McGill University in Montreal has found that people can detect the meaning and intent of non-speech vocalizations,, grunts, laughter, moans, growls etc, virtually instantaneously, faster »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Hardwiring languages in the brain

The first language you hear as a baby, even if only for a very brief period, seems to “hardwire” your brain. New research from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute shows that traces of early speech recognition patterns remain »

Indigenous, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

New tool tranlsates Inuit syllabics into Latin alphabet

A Canadian technology company has created a Google extension that will allow people to convert Inuit language syllabics into Roman orthography. Pinnguaq, a company based in the community of Pangnirtung in Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut, developed the extension »

Society

Canada language tensions- east and west

Quebec French- English, and British Coiumbia English-Chinese In the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec, yet another language complaint against use of English has cropped up. This time involving a small free bi-weekly newspaper in western Quebec. The municipality of Pontiac »