Government of Canada

07/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/10/2019 07:42

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Preserve Micmac Language and Culture in the Gaspé Region

Gaspé, Quebec, July 10, 2019

The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $71,632 in La Nation Micmac de Gespeg's efforts to preserve, promote and revitalize Indigenous languages in the Gaspé region. Minister Lebouthillier made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

The Aboriginal Languages Initiative funding will be used to produce 1,500 copies of five 15-page glossaries. The glossaries will each focus on a different theme that is culturally relevant to the Micmac. Written in the Micmac language and translated into French and English, all members of the community, from beginner to advanced speakers, can use these resources. The glossaries will be free. They will be distributed during community activities and will also be available by mail. An app will also be created, featuring images and pronunciations. The app will be for all Micmac communities across the Gaspé region, and it will be on touchscreens at the Micmac Interpretation Site of Gespeg.

The interpretation site in Gaspé offers a permanent exhibit where visitors can explore Micmac culture and history over the seasons and the centuries. This interactive site encourages conversation and helps preserve Micmac traditions and culture.