[lg policy] First Nations Language Policy questionnaire

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Apr 28 20:27:30 UTC 2013


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 Template 10: Official Language Policy
 Name of First Nations Governmentor Tribal Council:
 Title of Official Language Policy:
 Law, Act or Bylaw identification:
 Date and location enacted:
 Amendments, if any:
  Preamble
:
Statement:
[State the general mission statement about the language or language related
issues. SeeChapter 2.]
 Philosophy and Value of Language:
 [State the philosophy and value of the local language for the community.]
 Background on the Community Language:
[Provide a brief background statement about your language.]
 Purpose
:
To revive and restore the [Name of First Nation’s language] as the primary
language ofcommunication, education, ceremony, government and businesses
within the territory of the
[Name of First Nation].
 Definitions
:
[Name of Language] means the original language...
[Name of Language Authority] refers to the authority for the [name of
language] language.
[Name of Territory, Community] refers to the lands now held under t
he First Nation, any and all
lands that will be added to the First Nation and any lands that will be
held by other means.
[First Nation’s language term for community member or individual.]
 Application
Official Language Status:
[Statement of the official l
anguage and its application.]
 Language Rights of Community Members/Citizens:
[State the language rights of citizens of
the First Nation/ community members.]
 Language of First Nations Government:
[State the duty or responsibilities of the First Nation’s
government to protect, promote, use and encourage the usage of the language
in government
activities, law and policies.]
 Language of Public Institutions:
[State the duty or responsibilities of the public institutions to
protect, promote, use and encourage
the usage of the language.]


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 Language of Business and Commerce
: State the duty or responsibilities of businesses and
commerce to protect, promote, use and encourage the usage of the language.
 Language Authority:
[Recognize or state the duty or responsibi
lities of the Language Authority
or local governing or policy body to protect, promote, use and encourage
the usage of the
language, and to plan and implement language activities for the community.]
 Writing System:
[State the endorsed writing system (orth
ography) for the language, or
recognize the responsibility of a Language Authority or local governing or
policy body to develop
or endorse a writing system.]
 Indigenous Knowledge and Intellectual Property:
[State the copyright or ownership over
Indigenous
knowledge, including cultural activities, relation to the land, ceremony
and tradition
that would be used with the language. State the responsibility of a
Language Authority or local
governing or policy body to maintain a cultural resource database of all
materials related to
language and culture that are the Indigenous knowledge for the community.]
 Language Protocols:
[State any protocols for partnerships with external agencies and
organizations, language departments and communities.]
 Related Policies t
o Language Planning and Activity:
[State any related language policies,
such as a cultural resource or information management, or digitization
policy.]

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