Legislation

On June 21, 2019 the Government of Canada Indigenous Languages Act received Royal Assent.

The Indigenous Languages Act (Bill C-91) is a federal response to the urgent need for action to prevent the erosion and extinction of Indigenous languages in Canada, including Michif. The legislation was co-developed with Indigenous peoples, including the Métis Nation as represented by the Métis National Council. The legislation recognizes and supports all Indigenous languages in Canada and contains mechanisms which will, among other things: recognize Indigenous language rights; support the efforts of Indigenous peoples to reclaim, revitalize, strengthen and maintain Indigenous languages; establish measures for the provision of long-term, sustainable funding of Indigenous languages; support and promote the use of Indigenous languages; advance the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples with regard to Indigenous languages; and establish an Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages.

Bill C-91: An Act respecting Indigenous languages