Mi’kmaw woman calls for 60 Indigenous languages to be adopted as official languages of Canada

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/indigenous-official-languages-petition-1.5494939

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

A parliamentary petition written by a Mi’kmaw woman is proposing that 60 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada be adopted as national official languages. Jenna Robar, a 24-year-old holistic health coach living in Nova Scotia, submitted her proposal through the House of Commons website Feb. 28 calling on the federal government to “have each language recognized nationally, with implementations on regional and provincial levels.” Robar is a member of Benoit First Nation in Newfoundland, a band not officially recognized by the federal government of which some members are also members of Qalipu First Nation. In less than two weeks, Robar’s petition has gathered over 350 of the minimum 500 required signatures for her proposal to be presented to the House of Commons.