October 7th, 2019
NDP's Georgina Jolibois Calls for Inclusion of Dene and Métis Languages in Federal Leaders' Debates
LA RONGE – In a letter to the Leaders’ Debate Commission, NDP Candidate Georgina Jolibois (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River) is calling for the inclusion of Dene and Michif interpretation in the Federal Leaders Debates.
“We’ve made a lot of progress on including Indigenous languages in our democracy these last few years,” said Jolibois. “It’s really upsetting that speakers of Dene and Michif won’t be able to watch the debates in their own languages."
Jolibois was instrumental in the multi-party effort to include Indigenous languages in Parliament and was the first Member of Parliament to speak Dene in the House of Commons.
The Federal Leader Debates will take place in English and French on October 7th and 10th respectively. Each debate will be interpreted in dialects of Cree, Ojibwe, and Inuktitut.
“I’m glad to see that Plains Cree will be spoken, but there are many voters who only speak Dene, Michif, or other Métis languages in my riding - especially in the historic Métis communities of Île-à-la-Crosse and Buffalo Narrows,” added Jolibois. “Many ridings across Canada will be decided by Indigenous voters, including Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, and they need to have access to what leaders are saying about them.”