Nine Nova Scotia community organizations have received funding for 17 projects through the Gaelic Language in Communities Program.
The program helps non-profit organizations with projects to increase opportunities for people to learn and speak Gaelic and promote greater interest and involvement in Gaelic language and culture. In total $40,695 was invested.
Minister of Gaelic Affairs Randy Delorey along with Gaelic students, Strait Regional School Board and Gaelic community representatives made the funding announcement today, Feb. 26, at Gaelic Affairs’ office in Mabou, Inverness Co.
“The rich language and culture of Nova Scotia Gaels make our province a unique place in the Canadian tapestry,” said Mr. Delorey. “The province is pleased to help foster the learning of the Gaelic language through community-based programs.”
The community organizations receiving the funding are:
— Comunn Féis an Eilein, Christmas Island, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
— Inverness Development Association, Inverness, Inverness Co.
— North Highlands Community Organization, Dingwall, Victoria Co.
— Sgoil Ghàidhlig an Ard Bhaile (HRM Gaelic School), various locations in Halifax Regional Municipality
— Sgoil Ghàidhlig Baile a Chlamhain (Port Hawkesbury Gaelic School), Port Hawkesbury,
— Whycocomagh and District Historical Society, Whycocomagh, Inverness Co.
— Strathspey Place Association, Mabou, Inverness Co.
— Celtic Music Interpretive Centre, Judique, Inverness Co.
— Baile nan Gàidheal (Nova Scotia Highland Village), Iona, Victoria Co.
“The funding that Gaelic Affairs provided us allowed us to start up a Gaelic playgroup in our community that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to offer,” said Caroline Cameron, director of the Inverness Development Association. “We know that giving the language to the little ones is important, and because the funding is there for us, we know that the province values what we do as volunteers.”
For more information about the Gaelic Language in Communities program, contact Frances MacEachen, community development officer, Gaelic Affairs, at 902-945-2114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about Gaelic in Nova Scotia go to http://gaelic.novascotia.ca .