Linguistic Duality Day

In 2009, the former Clerk of the Privy Council, Wayne G. Wouters, declared the second Thursday in September "Linguistic Duality Day" across the Public Service of Canada. Canada's two official languages are a fundamental element of our public service and this day provides federal organizations with an opportunity to promote linguistic duality and to celebrate our founding principles and our rich heritage as citizens of a bilingual country.

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Linguistic Duality Day 2017

As you know, on the second Thursday in September, we commemorate our country's two official languages which constitute a fundamental element of our public service. To celebrate the 9th annual Linguistic Duality Day, which will take place on September 14 this year, the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions would like to inform you about the following activities:

Armchair Discussion

Once again this year, the Council of the Network, in partnership with the Canada School of Public Service, the Treasury Board Secretariat and Canadian Heritage, will hold an Armchair Discussion open to all public service employees, including employees in Crown corporations. This free of charge learning session entitled "Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Fostering Second Language Risk-taking" will be held at the Canada School of Public Service (65 Guigues Street, in Ottawa) and via WebEx on September 14, 2017, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (EDT).

Our dynamic and passionate speakers will help you move past your linguistic resistances to foster personal change. They will assist you in reviewing the structure of your thoughts, your emotions and your behaviour to get new results and connect with your full potential. This session promises to leave you with high-impact tools for tangible results that can apply to every part of your life. We are pleased to inform you that Luc Cardinal, International Speaker and Trainer, Jérémie Séror, Director and Associate Dean, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa, Nikolay Slavkov, Director of the Canadian Centre for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning (CCERBAL), Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa, and Colonel Stephen Tremblay, Director of Official Languages, Canadian Armed Forces, Department of National Defence will be participating in this discussion. Patrick Borbey, President of the Public Service Commission of Canada and Co-Chair of the Working Group on Language Use in the Workplace will speak on the Report on Language of Work that will be released by the Clerk of the Privy Council. Debbie Beresford-Green, Chair of the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions, will act as moderator during this event.

All public servants are invited to participate. You may register to this armchair discussion on the Canada School of Public Service website. Employees in Crown corporations should register by sending an email to csps.registration-inscription.efpc@canada.ca.

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Commissioner's Dictation

The Commissioner's Dictation 2017

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages will once again be holding the Commissioner's Dictation this year. Starting September 14, 2017, employees who want to put their language skills to the test will be able to download the dictation video and the correct version from this page. The dictation will be partly in French and partly in English.

For more information on Linguistic Duality Day, please contact Diane Lalonde-Spring, National Coordinator of the Council of the Network, by email at Diane.Lalonde-Spring@tbs-sct.gc.ca or by telephone at 613-668-9617.

We would like to wish you a happy Linguistic Duality Day!

Linguistic Duality Day 2016

To celebrate the 8th annual Linguistic Duality Day, which will take place on September 8 this year, the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions would like to inform you about the activities that have been planned and the new tools at your disposal.

Armchair Discussion

This year, in partnership with the Treasury Board Secretariat and Canadian Heritage, the Council of the Network is holding an armchair discussion with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) open to all public service employees, including employees of Crown corporations. This armchair discussion, entitled "Language Rights in Canada: the Four Seasons of the Supreme Court," will take place on September 8, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EDT) at the Asticou Centre at 241 Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard, Room 2519, Gatineau, Quebec, and will be webcast across Canada. Michel Francoeur of Justice Canada will be discussing the role of the Supreme Court of Canada in the evolution of language rights.

For more details or to register for this bilingual learning activity (with interpretation) please consult the Armchair Discussions page on the School’s website. If you have any questions about registration, please contact the CSPS Client Contact Centre in one of the following ways:

Email: csps.registrar-registraire.efpc@canada.ca
Telephone (toll-free): 1-866-703-9598
Telephone (NCR): 819-953-5400
Teletype (TTY) using your relay service: 1-866-703-9598

Commissioner’s Dictation

The Commissioner's Dictation 2016

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages will once again be holding the Commissioner’s Dictation this year. Starting September 8, employees who want to put their language skills to the test will be able to download the dictation video and the correct version from this page. The dictation will be partly in French and partly in English. The text will be an extract from a study by the Office of the Commissioner entitled "Bilingual Greetings in Federal Institutions: Let’s Talk About It!"

Toolkit to Official Languages Champions

Last January, the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions launched a toolkit to support official languages champions. On September 8, we will introduce a new e-poster that provides employees with easy, one-stop access to a variety of links they can use to learn or maintain their second official language. This tool was developed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. We are grateful to our colleagues for making it available to us.

Event on the Recruitment and Retention of Employees Representing Official Language Minorities

As part of the Linguistic Duality Day, the School and the Official Languages Committee of the Quebec Federal Council are offering an event designed to show you how to recruit and retain more candidates from an official language minority group (English or French) in your region. This event is designed for all public servants and is offered at no cost to learners. It will be held on September 8, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EDT). There are two ways to attend: on site at Guy Favreau Complex in Montréal, or by videoconference at René‑Nicolas Levasseur building in Québec. If you are located in the Montréal or Québec regions, please click here for more details or to register for this bilingual learning event. Once again, please consult the School’s Client Contact Centre if you have questions about registration.

We would like to wish you a happy Linguistic Duality Day and extend our thanks for your valuable contribution to supporting respectful workplaces and service excellence for Canadians.

For more information on Linguistic Duality Day, please contact Diane Lalonde-Spring, National Coordinator of the Council of the Network, by email at Diane.Lalonde-Spring@tbs-sct.gc.ca or by telephone at 613-668-9617.

Linguistic Duality Day 2015

On the second Thursday in September, we celebrate the founding principles of our country and our rich heritage as citizens of a bilingual country. Canada's two official languages are a fundamental element of our public service. To celebrate the 7th anniversary of Linguistic Duality Day, which will take place on September 10 this year, the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions invites you to take part in the following activities:

Armchair Discussion

The Council of the Network, in collaboration with the Canada School of Public Service, held an Armchair Discussion entitled "Proud to Serve Canadians in Both Official Languages." In Blueprint 2020, public service employees stated that they were committed to excellence and passionate about their country. They also said they were proud to serve Canadians in both official languages as this has a direct impact on the lives and well-being of citizens. During the Armchair Discussion, participants learned how innovations and new technologies are continuing to help establish a world-renowned public service equipped to serve Canada and Canadians in both official languages now and in the future.

Commissioner’s Dictation

The Commissioner's Dictation 2015

Again this year, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is organizing the Commissioner's Dictation. Employees wishing to test their language skills can download the dictation and the correct version here. This dictation is in part in English, in part in French. The text is an extract from the book "Champlain's Dream: The Visionary Adventurer Who Made a New World in Canada," by David Hackett Fisher.

Spotlight on the Top 10 Best Practices on Official Languages

This year, we suggested a new approach for the sharing of tools and best practices. Instead of updating the Collection of Official Languages Resources, we set up a selection committee comprising key official languages representatives. The committee members had the difficult task of evaluating 79 tools and best practices submitted by departments, agencies and Crown corporations and choosing the 10 most promising. They finally selected 11 tools and best practices that we are pleased to showcase in this video. We encourage official languages champions to integrate these innovative tools into their organizations to promote and advance the Official Languages Program. Thank you to the organizations who submitted their best practices and congratulations to the winners.

For more information about the activities described above or about Linguistic Duality Day, please contact the Council of the Network of Official Languages Champions’ National Coordinator, Diane Lalonde-Spring by email at diane.lalonde-spring@tbs-sct.gc.ca, or by telephone at 613-668-9617.

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