One Charter, Two Languages, A Thousand and One Voices

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Teaching guide for secondary school teachers



“Since 1982, building on a conversation on language that began with the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has set off a chain of events that have started a process of restoring language rights, changing the behaviour of governments, and creating a new dynamic for linguistic minorities in Canada. English and French are Canadian languages that belong to all Canadians; the Charter has accelerated a process to make this claim a reality.

Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada
Speech entitled Canadian Rights and Freedoms: 25 Years Under the Charter given at a conference of the Association for Canadian Studies on April 16, 2007


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