Last week, the International Court of Justice ruled there is risk of genocide in Gaza and ordered provisional measures. International law must be upheld. The horror in Gaza must end. For months now, the NDP has urged the federal government to demand a ceasefire, demand the release of hostages, end weapons sales, and prevent genocide. Now, the Prime Minister must also urge the government of Israel to comply with the court’s directive. Gaza is a long way from Vancouver Island but we all live together in this world. Let us act together to protect innocent lives and uphold international law.
Victoria-BC: Changes to federal funding distribution for language revitalization programs has raised concern for the survival of programming at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC).
The VNFC offers language classes to meet the needs of its diverse Indigenous community, including Nuučaan̓uɫ, Nihiyaw (Cree - Y dialect and TH dialect), Nedut’en Carrier, Dene, Dakota, and Anishinaabe.
Johns praised Nuu-chah-nulth elders, educators and learners, who he said are making tremendous progress towards revitalizing their Indigenous language, in spite of the uncertainty of federal funding from one year to the next.
“Now their language program funding may be cut by up to 57 per cent because of a newly proposed federal heritage funding formula. The formula fails to recognize that British Columbia has the highest concentration of Indigenous language and cultural diversity of any province or territory in the country, with 35 distinct languages and more than 90 dialects,” said Johns in his statement.