Linguistic Duality Day/Event

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Once again this year, the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions is partnering with the Linguistic Duality Network, which is made up of Canadian Parents for French, French for the Future and the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, to organize this event so that it can be celebrated beyond the public service throughout Canadian society.

The Council and the Canada School of Public Service are working with Canadian Heritage, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat and the Translation Bureau to organize a webcast event on the theme “Official Languages Day: A Spotlight on Official Languages and Linguistic Dynamics” which will focus on the modernization of the Official Languages Act and the evolving linguistic dynamics in the country, on September 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (ET).

A Spotlight on Official Languages and Linguistic Dynamics

Welcoming remarks

Improtéine, Improv theatre company

Opening of the event

Mimi O’Bonsawin, Singer-songwriter

Opening remarks

Nathalie Drouin, Deputy Clerk of the Privy Council and Associate Secretary

Modernization of the Official Languages Act

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Government of Canada

The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, Government of Canada

Take the lead and make official languages shine!

Video developed by Improtéine for Canadian Heritage

Panel discussion

Justin Johnson, Red River Métis and Chief Executive Officer, Association of Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities

Josée Grimard-Dubuc, Director, Interdepartmental Relations and Accountability, Official Languages Branch, Canadian Heritage

Ellen Bertrand, Vice-President, Visitor Engagement, Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum


Brigitte Gibson, Vice-Chair of the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions; Regional Director General, Prairie and Northern Region, Canadian Heritage; Official Languages Champion, Prairie Federal Council

Myths about official languages

Raymond Théberge, Commissioner of Official Languages

Official languages across the country

Overview of community projects in different regions

The voice of youth

Students, French for the Future

Mauril: A fun and engaging way to learn

Discover the free Mauril app to learn English and French or improve your language skills with content from CBC/Radio-Canada

Closing remarks


Closing of the event

Missy D, Hip Hop/ Rap & Soul Artist


Date and time: September 8, 2022, 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (ET)

Registration: Canada School of Public Service

The event is open to the public. For technical support or help registering for this event, please email: