Official Languages Committee Report — October 2017

Marc-Olivi­er Lam­on­tagne: There has been no meet­ing or com­mu­ni­ca­tion between mem­bers of the Lan­guage ​​Com­mit­tee since the last changes in its com­po­si­tion. The com­mit­tee plans to meet lat­er to facil­i­tate bilin­gual­ism in the next major CNMN projects and to ensure that all mem­bers can receive news and/or par­tic­i­pate in CNMN activ­i­ties in the offi­cial lan­guage of their choice.

Jérôme Blais: There were few activ­i­ties for the Lan­guage Com­mit­tee for the first half of 2017. In June 2017, the Com­mit­tee revised French trans­la­tion of the Sur­vey and the call for the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor. The Com­mit­tee has now passed to a sin­gle mem­ber, and we must be sure to build it up again so that the Com­mit­tee can con­tin­ue to ful­fill its role as soon as possible.

Why join the CNMN lan­guage com­mit­tee? Here is what one of our com­mit­tee mem­bers, Jérôme Blais, responds: “Bilin­gual­ism is impor­tant for Cana­di­an orga­ni­za­tions that aim at a being tru­ly nation­al, and CNMN has always tak­en this very seri­ous­ly. Despite lim­it­ed means, but with ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers, I believe we suc­ceed in this mis­sion and it makes me very proud. What I also like about this com­mit­tee is the dis­cus­sions it trig­gers. In order to find the right trans­la­tion for a giv­en text, we often need to reflect on its true mean­ing, which I find quite stimulating.”

Ques­tions? Think­ing about get­ting involved in the Lan­guage Com­mit­tee? We’d love to hear your ideas! Please con­tact Jérôme Blais.

Sub­mit­ted by Marc-Olivi­er Lam­on­tagne and Jérôme Blais, Octo­ber 2017.

Past reports from this committee

The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2016
The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – June 2016
The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – Octo­ber 2015
The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report – May 2015
The Lan­guage Com­mit­tee Report  – Decem­ber 2014

Return to full Bul­letin – March 2018