Like a scoop of ice cream on a piece of apple pie, some things are just better together. The same can be said about Canada’s official languages, whether you speak English or French… or both! Linguistic duality is at the heart of our identity and a unique source of pride. Linguistic duality makes Canada… more Canadian!
Linguistic duality is not a synonym for mandatory bilingualism for all Canadians! It celebrates both official languages! It’s part of what makes Canada unique in the world: together, we are stronger.
Linguistic duality is about the coexistence of two majority language communities: Francophone and Anglophone, which are spread throughout Canada.
A fundamental Canadian value, linguistic duality is a source of meaningful action and vitality for linguistic minority groups. It sows the seeds which will grow into thriving official language communities across Canada, whether they form a majority or minority population.
Linguistic Duality Network Partners work tirelessly to promote Canada’s official languages. They open the lines of communication between communities across the country, foster understanding and appreciation of each other’s language and culture and build connections between Anglophone and Francophone Canadians.
Officially, the second Thursday in September is Linguistic Duality Day in Canada. In 2020, we took advantage of this date to launch the Linguistic Duality Network on September 10.
But why wait for the second Thursday in September when every day can be Linguistic Duality Day?
We created a guide of activities to inspire our communities, our families and our children. Check it out and see how easy it is to celebrate this core part of our Canadian identity! Read on and learn,
Our LDN goal is to expand awareness beyond the federal public service and reach out to all Canadians, to celebrate this day that highlights what makes Canada unique in the world.
Source: Canadian Heritage and the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages