(February 2019) – As the Jewish story demonstrates, the renewal of an Indigenous language is fundamental to self-determination, especially for nations that have faced historical adversity. During the 19th century, the growing Jewish community in what is now Israel created a Hebrew Language Committee to restore the Indigenous language of the Jewish people in our Indigenous land.
This week, CIJA spoke before the Heritage Committee regarding the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Canada, a file in which they have been actively engaged. As stated during their testimony, “as Jews, we know the importance of language. A language is not only a means of communication. It carries with it history, culture and identity.”