The Gaelic community will have an opportunity to play a more active role in shaping and supporting the future of the Gaelic College in St. Anns, Victoria Co.
Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey introduced legislation today, April 5, that will repeal and replace the Gaelic College Foundation Act in order to reflect? current operations, programs and the strategic direction of the college.
The new act will change the composition of the college board of governors to be more inclusive and responsive to the Gaelic community.
The board will be reduced to eight members, with seven positions to be elected by members of the Gaelic College Foundation and one appointed by cabinet. Currently, cabinet appoints six members of the 11-member board.
“Government recognizes the many contributions Nova Scotia Gaels through their language, culture and identity make to our province,” said Mr. Delorey.
“This is why we are strengthening the office of Gaelic Affairs, to further support the community and continuing to look at new and innovative ways to support Gaelic language and cultural development. We have listened and worked with the Gaelic College to make changes to the act that will allow them to meet strategic goals and build on their local, national and international reputation.”
As part of the Culture Action Plan, government is working to strengthen Nova Scotia’s unique cultural communities. This change recognizes the significant role played by Gaels in shaping the province’s history and future.
The Gaelic College was founded in 1938 and is the only institution of its kind in North America.
“New legislation for Colaisde na Gàidhlig/the Gaelic College is vital to our overall governance structure and operations,” said Rodney MacDonald, CEO, the Gaelic College. “This bill is a reflection of a modern-day organization and ensures greater control in shaping our future.”
Other changes to the legislation include a new date for the annual meeting, requirements for meeting notices, clarifying the roles of executive board members and the removal of outdated wording.
The Gaelic College Act was proclaimed in 1980 and has not seen any amendments since 1999.
The college is a world-class facility fostering Gaelic culture and language through programs, festivals and cultural workshops.