In December 2002, the Minister of Canadian Heritage approved the appointment of a Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures. This was in support of Canada's commitment to preserve, revitalize, and promote Aboriginal languages and cultures. It followed consensus recommendations by a committee made up of representatives of the Government of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council.
The Task Force consulted with Aboriginal peoples across Canada on the development of a national strategy for Aboriginal languages and culture. It made recommendations based on consultation findings, related research and presentations from experts, interested individuals and organizations, as well as on its own collective knowledge, expertise, and experience. The Task Force presented its findings and recommendations to the Minister of Canadian Heritage on June 29, 2005 in a report entitled “Towards a New Beginning.”
Over 60 Aboriginal languages reported in 2011
The 2011 Census of Population recorded over 60 Aboriginal languages grouped into 12 distinct language families – an indication of the diversity of Aboriginal languages in Canada.
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