Heritage Language Day 2020

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



Performances by:

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.


Performances by:

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 Regina

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.


Source: https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/motherlanguageday

UNESCO.General Conference