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Invitation to the media – First Forum on First Nations Language Rights in Quebec

Press Release

QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 14, 2023 – Members of the media are invited to attend the opening of the first Forum on First Nations Language Rights in Quebec, organized by the Regional Committee on First Nations Languages in collaboration with the First Nations Education Council (FNEC).

The event, which will bring together more than 100 participants, will promote knowledge mobilization on the inherent rights of First Nations. For the first time in Quebec, the Regional Committee on First Nations Languages will coordinate a panel on First Nations language rights.

Chiefs and elected officials from multiple First Nations communities, the First Nations Director of the Office of the Commissioner of Indigenous Languages, Joan Greyeyes, and elders from several Nations will be in attendance. Furthermore, professors Marianne Ignace and Lorna Williams will also present lectures.


First Forum on First Nations Language Rights


Ghislain Picard, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL)

Sipi Flamand, Chief of the Conseil des Atikamekw de Manawan and First Nations
languages portfolio holder at the AFNQL

Dr Marianne Ignace, Professor in the departments of Linguistics and Indigenous
Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU), and Director of SFU’s Indigenous
Languages Program and First Nations Language Centre.

John Cree, Elder from the community of Kanesatake


September 19 and 20, 2023


Manoir du Lac Delage

40, avenue du Lac

Lac-Delage, Quebec G3C 5C4

For further information: Source: Sarah Cleary, Coordinator, Regional Committee on First Nations Languages, 418-842-7672, ext. 3112,; Information: Thanissa Lainé, Communications Counsellor, First Nations Education Council, 418-842-7672, ext. 3005,


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