Ask the Federal Government to enact the TRC's Calls to Action regarding language & culture
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Centuries of discriminatory government policy, most notably the Residential School System have led to the degradation of indigenous languages and cultures within Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate the effects of this system and created a list of calls to action in order to move towards reconciliation. These demands include calling upon the federal government to acknowledge Aboriginal language rights, enact an Aboriginal Languages Act that recognizes their value, ensures funding, and allows Aboriginal communities to manage the preservation and revitalization. They also call for the appointment of an Aboriginal Languages Commissioner, the creation of creation of programs and courses in Aboriginal languages at post-secondary institutions, and allowing indigenous people directly affected to reclaim their traditional names free of cost.
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