[lg policy] Quebec: International panel on language policies in New York City

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 11 16:00:22 UTC 2011

November 4 2011

International panel on language policies in New York City

Were present the following panelists: Xavier Zabaltza (Government of
the Basque Country), Maite Puigdevall Serralvo (Free University of
Catalonia), Robert Lane Greene (The Economist), Matthias E. Storme
(University of Leuven, Flanders), Guy Dumas (Quebec) and Erin Boon
(Harvard University).

The Québec Government Office in New York recently organized a panel on
comparative language policies in partnership with the representations
of Flanders, the Spanish Basque Country, Catalonia, and Wales. The
theme was “Why do language policies matter?”.

Moderated by journalist Robert Lane Greene of The Economist, the
activity brought together over 150 people.

Panellists included Matilde Roman, the Deputy Commissioner for
Immigration of New York City, and Guy Dumas, former senior public
servant at the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la
Condition féminine and language policy specialist. Mr. Dumas presented
an overview of Québec’s experience in defending the French language.

The representatives of federated states present in New York City
debated the following topics:

    The status of regional and minority languages

    The defence of language rights in a multilingual national context

    The importance of the linguistic dimension in the fields of
education, immigration and culture

One of the priorities of Québec’s International Policy is to
strengthen relations with federated states with which Québec shares
common interests.

Québec Government Office in New York
Office québécois de la langue française
Secrétariat à la politique linguistique

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