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Welcome to MotherLanguageDay.ca

A Celebration of Mother Language in Canada

<blockquote class='quote'>[...] Canada’s own linguistic diversity is represented by two Official Languages — English and French — together with the mother tongues of Aboriginal Canadians, and the ancestral languages of newcomers to our country. [...]</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada</address>

[...] Canada’s own linguistic diversity is represented by two Official Languages — English and French — together with the mother tongues of Aboriginal Canadians, and the ancestral languages of newcomers to our country. [...]
The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

<blockquote class='quote'>[...] I have had the good fortune during my lifetime to travel around the world [...]. This exposure to other nationalities opens your eyes and your heart to endless possibilities, meaningful relationships, and to promoting and fostering a more inclusive, happier and peaceful world. [...]</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta</address>

[...] I have had the good fortune during my lifetime to travel around the world [...]. This exposure to other nationalities opens your eyes and your heart to endless possibilities, meaningful relationships, and to promoting and fostering a more inclusive, happier and peaceful world. [...]
Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

<blockquote class='quote'>Language is a critical component to one’s identity and culture. By recognizing mother languages, we cultivate understanding – which in turn helps create more inclusive societies and a world richer in cultural experiences.</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>Gene Zwozdesky,<br />Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta</address>

Language is a critical component to one’s identity and culture. By recognizing mother languages, we cultivate understanding – which in turn helps create more inclusive societies and a world richer in cultural experiences.
Gene Zwozdesky,
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta

<blockquote class='quote'>[...] My sincere thanks go out to the Bangladesh PessClub Centre of Alberta for the work they have done to promote International Mother Language Day in our province. You are helping Albertans to protect and promote their rich ethnic history. [...]</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta</address>

[...] My sincere thanks go out to the Bangladesh PessClub Centre of Alberta for the work they have done to promote International Mother Language Day in our province. You are helping Albertans to protect and promote their rich ethnic history. [...]
Jim Prentice, Premier of Alberta

<blockquote class='quote'>[...] Canada is proud of its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, we value the importance of preserving mother languages in our multicultural society. [...]</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition</address>

[...] Canada is proud of its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, we value the importance of preserving mother languages in our multicultural society. [...]
Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition

<blockquote class='quote'>[...] The value and importance of preserving mother languages is vital to enhancing the vibrancy and diversity of our province. It is a way to connect us to our past, to highlight the traditions and customs of our parents and to preserve the cultural heritage of our ancestors. [...]</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>Maureen Kubinec, Minister of Culture and Tourism</address>

[...] The value and importance of preserving mother languages is vital to enhancing the vibrancy and diversity of our province. It is a way to connect us to our past, to highlight the traditions and customs of our parents and to preserve the cultural heritage of our ancestors. [...]
Maureen Kubinec, Minister of Culture and Tourism

<blockquote class='quote'>[...] Language is one of the most powerful ways to preserve and promote one’s culture for future generations to learn and appreciate. We are blessed to live in a society where multiculturalism is encouraged and celebrated. [...]</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>Flor Marcelino,<br />Manitoba Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy</address>

[...] Language is one of the most powerful ways to preserve and promote one’s culture for future generations to learn and appreciate. We are blessed to live in a society where multiculturalism is encouraged and celebrated. [...]
Flor Marcelino,
Manitoba Minister of Multiculturalism and Literacy

<blockquote class='quote'>[...] A mother tongue is more than just an accent, dialect, or language; it is an identity. [...]</blockquote>

<address class='quote'>Sohail Quadri, Legislative Secretary to the Premier</address>

[...] A mother tongue is more than just an accent, dialect, or language; it is an identity. [...]
Sohail Quadri, Legislative Secretary to the Premier

Voices

The following pages are devoted to the celebration of lingual diversity, culture and heritage. Each one of us is playing a vital role of the colourful and rich diversity our civilization is made of, and we think it's important to cherish and celebrate this diversity.

BPCA, the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta, wants to bring people of all nations together to celebrate each and everyone's mother language, culture and heritage. We are promoting International Mother Language Day on February 21st as day of celebration, and are supporting linguistic and cultural diversity in an effort to build peace and understanding between all nations and ethnic groups in our civilization.

An example for the celebration of International Mother Language Day


 

 
Report about the Bangladesh community celebrating their mother language in Edmonton, Alberta.

[City TV, Diverse-City on February 25, 2014]

What inspired the Initiative

BHESA's (Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta) celebration of International Mother Language Day in 2014 sparked a vivid dialogue between different local organizations like e.g. the International Heritage and Languages Association (IHLA) and other community organizations here in the area.

The mother tongue is a substantial part of what defines our cultural identity. It's a heritage that transports specific knowledge, expressions, feelings, traditions and local history. Per example the Inuit, who live primarily along the far northern seacoasts of Russia, the United States, Canada, and Greenland, have more than fifty different words for the term "snow"!

In a time where humans as a global community grow together in a fast pace, standardizing the ways of our communication, the loss of languages and its connected cultural heritage is inevitable. In the understanding that multilingual diversity has importance, many people have started projects to preserve this heritage.

The high interest amoung people and the media in this topic has inspired the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) to create the initiative introduced on this pages. We believe the respect for each and everyone's heritage and the collective celebration e.g. on International Mother Language Day creates a unique chance for a peaceful together while creating awareness of the partial loss of human's multilingual diversity and world memory.

Publication

International Mother Language Magazine, Edmonton Edition 2015

International Mother Language Magazine, Edmonton Edition 2015

The Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) has created a publication for International Mother Language Day 2015. The magazine explores and celebrates the topic of mother language and linguistic diversity. The publication is called International Mother Language Magazine, and will be issued on an annual base.

A print version is also available and is currently distributed amoung local communities in the City of Edmonton, Alberta.

Download the International Mother Language Magazine, Edmonton Edition from February 21, 2015 and other publications at Publications by BPCA and Participants.

Latest News

  • International Mother Language Day Celebration 2015 Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    On February 21, 2015 numerous organizations, professional bodies, and people interested in the celebration of mother language and the topic of linguistic diversity joined together at the monument initiated by the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) in assistance with the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA).

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  • International Mother Language Magazine Friday, February 20, 2015

    The Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) has prepared a publication for International Mother Language Day 2015, the International Mother Language Magazine.

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  • Government Proclamations for International Mother Language Day Thursday, February 19, 2015

    Two Canadian Provinces, the Province of British Columbia and the Province of Manitoba have officially proclaimed February 21st as International Mother Language Day.

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  • BHESA's Ekushey Heritage Award Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    In 2014 the Bangladesh Heritage and Ethnic Society of Alberta (BHESA) introduced the Ekushey Heritage Award as a means of appreciation for people who stand out exceptionally with great achievements in helping the local community in Edmonton and vicinity area. BHESA has now announced the nominees for the Ekushey Heritage Award 2015 as the award recipients are confirmed on International Mother Language Day.

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  • Program on February 21st Tuesday, February 17, 2015

    We invite everybody interested in the celebration of mother language and the topic of linguistic diversity to join the program initiated by the Bangladesh PressClub Centre of Alberta (BPCA) on February 21, 2015.

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His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, The Governor General of Canada

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, The Governor General of Canada

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