One's mother language is deeply connected to our sense of identity, but many languages around the world are becoming endangered, impacting the preservation and transmission of cultural heritage. This special community event will feature a panel discussion, cultural activities, and a ceremony to mark this important date, and promote the importance of multilingualism and diversity.
UNESCO has designated February 21 annually as International Mother Language Day, to honour the martyrs of the Bangladesh Language Movement of 1952.
Schedule of Activities
2:00-3:00 PM: Opening, Land Acknowledgement, Language panel discussion
2:00-3:00 PM: Kids storytelling and performances from diverse heritage backgrounds (in BMO Community Room | Floor 2)
3:00-3:15 PM: Tribute to Language Martyrs and all those who have worked tirelessly to maintain languages throughout the world
3:15-3:30 PM: Remarks from dignitaries
3:30-4:00 PM: Multicultural performances and portrayal of linguistic heritage of different communities
4:00-5:00 PM: Refreshments, social networking, and displays showing diverse linguistic heritage
In partnership with the Bangladesh Community Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax Languages Consortium, and the Province of Nova Scotia.