Since 2002, SOHL has held public celebrations in recognition of Heritage Language Day. This event is FREE to the public and we welcome everyone to attend.
Supplementary Heritage Language Day in Regina
The University of Regina hosted a Supplementary Heritage Language Day on Saturday, February 29. The event Master of Ceremonies was Jaden Lee-Lincoln, CTV News.
Greetings were brought from:
Dr. Thomas Chase, Provost and Vice-President, University of Regina
Mr. Muhammad Fiaz-MLA, Regina Pasqua, Government of Saskatchewan
Mr. Trent Wotherspoon, MLA-Regina Rosemont, Government of Saskatchewan
Ms. Joanne McDonald on behalf of SaskCulture Inc.
Ms. Sandra Morin, President of Multilingual Association of Regina
Mr. Gord Zakreski, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Language
Mother Teresa Middle School Buffalo Boys
Bangla School of Regina
Inyange Burundian Traditional Dance Group
Confucius Institute, Huarong Li – Chinese Zither
Regina Balaton Hungarian Dancers
Regina Malayalee Association
Regina Hibiki Taiko
K. G. Harmonie German Dancers
Albanian Community School
Blakey School of Irish Dance
Abahebera, Burundian Drummers
The Dance Group of Confucius Institute
Provincial Heritage Language Day in Saskatoon
The University of Saskatchewan hosted provincial Heritage Language Day on Saturday, Feb 08, 2020. The event Master of Ceremonies was Lyndon Linklater.
Greetings were brought from:
His Honour, The Honourable Russell Mirasty- Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Bob Cram- President - Saskatchewan Intercultural Association
Peter Stoicheff- President- University of Saskatchewan
Lisa Lambert- Government of Saskatchewan- MLA – Saskatoon Churchill-Wildwood
Councillor Sarina Gersher- Ward 8- City of Saskatoon
Nicole Matsalla – Board Member- SaskCulture
Mrs. Sueli Bizetto de Freitas – President- Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Languages Inc.
Filipino Heritage School
Hungarian Choir of Saskatoon
Saskatoon Japanese Language School
Brasinha Portuguese Language School
Saskatoon Bangla School
Saskatoon Korean Language School
Global Urdu Learning
Yoruba Heritage Language School
Heritage Chinese Language School
We captured some highlights of our celebration of Heritage Language Day:
Heritage Language Day Presentation Saskatoon
The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.
UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.
Linguistic diversity is increasingly threatened as more and more languages disappear. Globally 40 per cent of the population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. Nevertheless, progress is being made in mother tongue-based multilingual education with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling, and more commitment to its development in public life.
Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.