The French Nation of Canada

As an interfaith and multilingual community on which the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism conferred a status of ‘founding race’ of Canada and on the language of which the UN Charter and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms confer a privileged status, the French Nation of Canada is committed to fulfilling its spiritual obligation to promote personal bilingualism within the French-speaking community as a necessary step towards brotherhood and justice between our peoples.

The Canadian Association for the Deaf has called for an official status for sign languages.

Gloria Galloway wrote in the Globe and Mail:

‘The head of the Assembly of First Nations is calling for the nearly 60 indigenous languages spoken in Canada to be declared official along with English and French, an expensive proposition but one that he says is becoming more urgent as the mother tongues of aboriginal peoples disappear.

‘Perry Bellegarde, who was elected National Chief of the AFN last fall, agrees it would not be easy to require translations of all indigenous languages to be printed on the sides of cereal boxes and milk cartons.

‘"That would be the ultimate goal," Mr. Bellegarde said in an interview on Wednesday at the three-day annual general meeting of the AFN, Canada's largest indigenous organization. "But let's do small steps to get there."’

Acknowledging that the linguistic and separate-school privileges inscribed in the Constitution and that ignore the need for international communication:

  1. trace their roots to the ideological foundation of ‘two founding races';

  2. have contributed to injustices; and

  3. have even contributed to undermining public safety in human-trafficking investigations leading to communication breakdowns, aeronautical communication leading to deadly air crashes, and psychiatric and police interventions involving Canadians at risk of sexual or other violence outside of their linguistic territory,

The French Nation of Canada recommends that Parliament appoint a Royal Commission on Language Rights with members drawn from different fields including economics, education, and linguistics to begin careful study on the matter of an international auxiliary language.

We accept that to promote more just relations between Canada’s English, French, Indigenous, Deaf, and other linguistic communities, we may need to greatly reduce the official statuses of English and French so as to make room in our linguistic environment for other language communities too; and to promote Esperanto, Chinuk Wawa, or another IAL and International Sign (whether in their present or future revised forms) or another easy-to-learn international auxiliary language for practical communication between our communities.

In the meantime, we encourage members of Canada’s English-speaking community to fulfill its spiritual obligation to learn a second language (be it a sign language, the local indigenous language, Esperanto or another international auxiliary language, French, or another language) as a necessary step towards promoting brotherhood and justice between our peoples.


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