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Hello, Bonjour Canoo members!

Ever wondered how many languages are spoken in Canada? On September 9th, 1969, the Official Language Act was signed, making English and French equal in the Canadian government. You will remember being encouraged to take your Citizenship Oath in both English and French, to represent your commitment to Canada’s two official languages. If you find that you’re more comfortable in one language over the other and want to brush up on your bilingual skills, it’s never too late to learn! Check out some resources for learning both of Canada’s official languages here.

As well as English and French, Canada also has at least 70 distinct Indigenous languages spoken under 12 language families, which contain diverse structures and are often polysynthetic languages (meaning they have words that express complex meanings that would often require entire sentences to express in English or French).

We often talk about the importance of taking on the work of reconciliation as an important responsibility of active citizenship. A tangible act of reconciliation is to learn about the traditional languages spoken on the land you live on. Check out On Native Land, an interactive map that allows you to see which original nations, treaties and languages exist on the land you call home. Want to learn more about Indigenous languages? Here are some resources!

Languages are an important and essential part in preserving culture throughout generations. In addition to French, English and Indigenous languages, Canadians speak over 200 languages from around the world. Some of the most widely spoken are Chinese languages, Punjabi, Spanish, Italian, German, Tagalog, Arabic, Portuguese, Polish and Urdu. The hundreds of unique languages and traditions immigrants have brought with them are an essential part of the multicultural mosaic that makes up Canada. We celebrate this cultural diversity on February 21st each year, on International Mother Language Day.

As the anniversary of the signing of the Official Language Act approaches, I wanted to share with you exhibits and opportunities to learn more about the multiculturalism of Canada. Whether it’s through art exhibits, National Historic Sites, performances, or storytelling, I hope you take the time this month to explore.

Please continue to wear your masks and remain socially distanced, and check your region’s guidelines and regulations. In regions of the country where it is still safe to visit venues, please follow all health guidelines that the venue has in place. Although we are updating the Canoo app, please always check the website of the venue or call ahead to find out about safety protocols and/or temporary closures in advance of visiting.

Thank you, merci and chi miigwetch!

Check out the collections of these museums for free online or in person, and be sure to check with the venue before visiting:

  1. Vancouver Japanese Language School (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  2. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  3. National Museum of History (Gatineau, Quebec)
  4. Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, Ontario)
  5. Lower Fort Gary National Historic Site (Saint Andrews, Manitoba)
  6. Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario)

Attend Free Activities and Events at Culture Days

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture. At the end of each September, millions of people attend thousands of free participatory arts and culture events across the country. Culture Days programs invite the public to get hands-on and behind-the-scenes to highlight the importance of arts and culture in our communities. Click here to find out more.

Take a Virtual Visit to Fort Langley

Meet virtually and interact with a costumed interpreter to discover the history behind the Hudson’s Bay Company and the importance of the Fort Langley trading post. Learn how Fort Langley played a large role in Canada’s story and explore the motivations and challenges for individuals and families moving across borders to work at the fort. Designed for new Canadians, this program addresses adult audiences and explores the role that immigration and multiculturalism played and continue to play in the development of Fort Langley and Canada’s story. 

Enjoy the Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Andy Warhol is coming to the AGO.  A career retrospective, this blockbuster exhibition reconsiders the personal, social and political backdrop that influenced Warhol’s groundbreaking art. 

Go on a Petroglyph Tour at Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site

Join a guided walk through time to learn about Mi’kmaw culture by experiencing the petroglyphs on the shores of Kejimkujik Lake. Located along the lakeshores of Kejimkujik, these fascinating stone-carved depictions make up one of North America’s largest collections and have been vital clues for reconstructing regional history. 

“Canoo served as a saviour for our family’s mental health during COVID.’”

Meet Canoo Member Prabuddh Dixit. After moving to Canada from India over 10 years ago, Prabuddh officially joined the Canadian family in November 2019, and has been using Canoo to explore outdoor spaces in the Greater Toronto Area over the past year. Along with his wife and two children, he has explored almost all conservation areas and discovered a new favourite family activity – hiking! Read Prabuddh’s full story here, and find out which Credit Valley Conservation Area is his family’s clear favourite. 

We’re hiring! We are looking for someone who is passionate about building a better, more inclusive Canada and who can bring a new level of ambition and creativity to our digital product development efforts to join our team as a Digital Citizenship Product Manager. Does this sound like you or someone you know? Check out the full job description here and get in touch with us! 

Apply for a scholarship to receive UX-PM Certifications from Jumping Elephants

Have you ever used a service, visited a store or a website and been disappointed or frustrated?   Have you ever wondered if there was a way to fix it so it would be easier and more intuitive? Are you naturally curious and enjoy problem solving? If you answered yes, then consider user experience (UX) research and design as part of your next career move!

Jumping Elephants wants to give back to their community! “We are offering a full scholarship for a 3-day online certification to new Canadian citizens who would like to understand the basics of UX research and design. No previous experience is required! At the end of the training, successful participants will receive an internationally recognized certification for Level 1 of the UX-PM program, certified by the UX Alliance. Your participation in this course would help us to create a diverse and inclusive learning experience for all!”

Please note: This course is offered in English. Participants must be available from 8:30AM to 12:30PM EST on September 8-10, 2021.

If you are interested, please fill out this application form. Jumping Elephants will contact successful applicants.

Discover the Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience

Fourteen of Canada’s greatest and most influential Indigenous athletes will forever be honoured as the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame releases of the Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience.

Provided at no cost to educators across Canada, the digital book will spotlight each athlete’s origins, history in sports, accomplishments and how they converted their athletic prowess to doing good in their communities. Featuring incredible stories with educational activities and resources coming at the end of September, the digital book can be found here, with educational activities launching in September.

Make a plan to vote in the upcoming federal election!

Canadians are headed to the polls for a federal election on September 20, 2021. As a new Canadian citizen, it’s now your turn to start planning how you will be taking part in the next federal election! Voting is one of the most important and impactful ways to exercise your rights as a Canadian citizen, and to have your voice heard. In the lead up to an election, be sure to take the time you need to research platforms for various political parties, and learn everything you need to know about when, where and how to vote. Find all the information you need at elections.ca.

Another great way to get involved in the upcoming federal election is by finding employment opportunities available at Elections Canada! Elections Canada

offers a variety of unique opportunities for all Canadians to participate in

the federal election process. You can find the one for you at elections.ca/jobs. Browse through

Election’s Canada’s available opportunities to learn more!

Don’t miss your chance to make a valuable contribution to Canada’s democracy!

#EqualChance makes the news!

The #EqualChance campaign was featured in the Vancouver Sun. Read interviews with Dr. Harry Tabrizi and our own Roberto Alvarez here.