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Petition to Google, Inc

First Nations Languages

FrançaisInclude First Nations languages ​​on Google Translate Google's transformation from being a search engine to a Global AI enabler is the perfect example of adaptability.  It takes ingenuity and vision to do this.  Adapting to change is one thing; being the change is another.  Few organizations have reinvented themselves more successfully than Google. Google is what every progressive organization strives to be.However, there is one element of indigenous cultures that Google has glossed over. Cree, a native Canadian language, does not figure in its popular language translation app, Google Translate.Why should this matter? Because language is one of the most powerful aspects of a culture. Unfortunately, the indigenous languages ​​of the First Nations, the original inhabitants of Canada, are dying steadily due to a heavy onslaught of progress. The First Nations of Canada speak a wide variety of languages, at least 60, as of the Statistics Canada report of 2011.Of these, three languages-Cree, Inuktitut, and Ojibway are spoken by two thirds of the population that report an indigenous language as one's mother tongue. This is just why Google's exclusion of the most widely spoken First Nations language, Cree, as well as other First Nations languages, from its Google Translate app, hurts.Imagine depriving Google of its right to use java, C ++ or Python for its programming. Computer languages ​​can be created afresh, but centuries-old indigenous languages ​​cannot. This is why we believe that Google has squandered a great opportunity to popularize this pristine language with millions of its users.We call upon Google to start finding ways of including the Cree language on its Google Translate app and then do the same with the other First Nations languages. Doing so will signal greater amiability and sensitivity to indigenous cultures. We are not challenging its right to assign its own reasons and criteria for including a language on this app; that is Google's own decision. What we are proposing is that where indigenous languages ​​are concerned, it should overlook the standard, operational aspects of this exercise.Google's rationale towards placing indigenous languages ​​on Google Translate reflects a certain inconsistency. The reasons adduced here seem to apply to only Cree, while Maori, an indigenous language that appears on this app, has only 50,000 native speakers, far fewer than those of Cree. Well, again, we have no issues if Maori figures on Google Translate, but it should not be to Cree's exclusion. If Google could find the resources for including Maori on its app, there is no reason to believe that it will have any difficulty in including Canada's most widely spoken indigenous language on its app.Doing so will surge its respectability among these populations, as well as its customers and stakeholders, and help it emerge as a multinational that is receptive to the cultural sensibilities of the indigenous peoples.We totally respect Google for the enormous positive changes it has brought about into a multitude of areas of our present-day world. While we laud this organization for this, we are merely requesting it to be more considerate and consistent towards the Cree language. This will be in tune with the initiatives Google Earth itself has taken at ensuring that indigenous languages ​​do not go into oblivion. STORIeDDPublishers of Citizen

joseph j
18,665 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Doug Ford, United Nations, Mayor's Office, City of Toronto, CNN

Neskantaga First Nation's water crisis

We are appealing to the public regarding this urgent matter. Neskantaga First Nation community has been the longest standing boil-water advisory in Canada. About 200 people were evacuated from Neskantaga after the water plant was shut down on Oct 19 after an unknown substance was found in the reservoir. That left 300 people without any running water at all. It has been more than 25 years since the Neskantaga First Nation People had tap water safe to drink. Just recently, on October 26th, a new crisis occurred once again, leaving the community with no water service; thus, families were forced to evacuate their homes and community to seek shelter in Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is about 400 kilometres away. However, some residents of the Neskantaga community are reluctant to leave due to the threat of COVID-19. "No water to bathe. No water to flush toilets. No water servicing homes, the nursing station, the band office, the school," Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler wrote in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  This First Nation in northwestern Ontario members feel depressed once again; members of this community see their most vulnerable members such as infants, children and elders being evacuated. However, what has kept this community resilient after 25 years is staying true to their traditional beliefs. Indigenous People, as well as First Nations, recognize water as sacredness, which is the interconnectedness of all life. How much longer will it take Canada's government to step up and help this community that needs clean water. Clean water is a human right, and Neskantaga First Nation peoples have dealt with this for over 25 years. There needs to be change; it is a matter of urgency. This is not the only community being affected; sixty more communities experience a lack of clean water access. Needless to say, most Canadians are privileged to have access to clean water. We are seeking the assistance of the public regarding this urgent matter to sign this petition. Ask yourself if these were your children, your parents, or grandparents, what will you do. Empathy is putting yourself in someone else's shoes. What we hope to achieve is for this community to have access to clean water after 25 years. Seek to restore the Neskantaga First Nation community members a sense of dignity. It is inhumane, dehumanizing and humiliating for First Nation community members to be living in third-world conditions. It is time for the federal government to intervene in this matter. It has been 25 years of lack of attention on this matter. We will not stop advocating for the restoration of clean water of the Neskantaga First Nation community. Join us by signing this petition as well as seeking social justice for a fundamental human right.  

Andre Barnett
716 supporters
This petition won 3 years ago

Petition to Robert Cotter, Leon Benoit, Tim Alexander, Wayne Howlett, Heather Shears, Debbie Brake-Patten, John Finn, Gudie Hutchings

Save the Aucoin Family Farm, Kippens Newfoundland

Gerard Aucoin, born and raised in Kippens, Newfoundland, Canada is a recognized member of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation. He is a long time resident of Kippens, NL and has maintained a small farm for personal use for the last twenty (20) years. The land on which he lives and works, has been utilized for agricultural and farming by his family for over 150 years and prior to the establishment of the Town of Kippens.  In 2012,  the Town of Kippens implemented a town plan for future development in which non-conforming properties were permitted to continue their existence. In March 2018, The Town of Kippens issued three (3) “Stop Work and Removal Orders” in which Mr. Aucoin was ordered to remove all livestock (animals), fencing (including longers, signs and advertising), and two sheds from his property by April 20, 2018.  The town subsequently rescinded the orders, however, that was short lived.  In September 2018, a nearby developer filed an appeal against the town at the Western Regional Appeal Board in respect to rescinding the orders. The appeal hearing was postponed until November 2018. While awaiting the appeal hearing, on October 15, 2018,  the Town of Kippens has re-issued "removal orders" against the property and owners of animals, sheds, fencings, and signs. Food sovereignty is a major issue in Canada and particularly for indigenous people. The actions by the Town of Kippens has caused undue hardship, anguish and harm to the Aucoin family. Further, it is a threat to Mr. Aucoin’s existence, survival as a farmer, and to his animals.  Together we can make change, and preserve the Aucoin family farm which has been a long standing integral part of the local community. If you support Gerard in his effort to have the orders rescinded and the harassment cease please make your support known to the Town of Kippens, Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment, Farm Industry Review Board , Member of Parliament and the local MHA by signing this petition.

Shana O'Quinn
22,824 supporters