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Scottish Gaelic speakers visiting N.S. to promote language and network

By Kelli Rickard May 16, 2024 | 11:39 AM

Some Scottish Gaelic speakers have come to Nova Scotia to strengthen cultural ties.

Celebrating Mìos nan Gàidheal, or ‘Gaelic Nova Scotia Month’, the group is travelling around the province to learn from locals and promote the language.

Sionainn MacMullin, from the Office of Gaelic Affairs at Cape Breton Council, says “This year’s theme is ‘Gàidhealach ‘nar Cridhe | Gaelic at Heart!’ so what better way to highlight the history and heritage of Gaelic which is very much alive today than with the support of the SpeakGaelic team who will be showcasing just how easy it is to get involved in the language and culture. We hope the series of workshops and events we have planned across the province will encourage all Nova Scotians to engage with Gaelic during the month of May and beyond.”

SpeakGaelic has been in Halifax and Antigonish for special events with more stops set for Mabou, Judique, Iona and Sydney.

Project coordinator Mirren Buchanan says they hope to “attract and inspire learners and speakers of all ages in Nova Scotia to take up, or brush up, on their Gaelic language skills.”

According to a release, SpeakGaelic aims to transform the uptake and usage of Gaelic by providing a clear and integrated structure for Gaelic language learning – the most comprehensive approach seen in a generation.

As well as supporting complete beginners, the materials support Gaelic speakers at different levels of fluency to gain confidence to ‘SpeakGaelic’.

The learning resource offers users a variety of services from self-guided online learning to media content available through YouTube and social media.