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LLCU Colloquium Series on Race and Racism

Thursday, April 8, 2021
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

LLCU Colloquium Series on Race and Racism
Supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science
Taking place via Zoom

A Genealogy of Language  Hierarchies in Canada
Dr. Eve Haque 
York University

In this talk, I want to discuss how white settler logics of assimilation continue to underlie state relations with Indigenous and racialized immigrant communities and the fate of their languages in Canada. White settler colonial projects of assimilation from the late 19th and early 20th century that explicitly targeted Indigenous communities and immigrant groups have been largely discounted in the present. In its place is a current framework of non/recognition of Indigenous and racialized groups within the white settler Canadian context; whether it is couched in the language of multiculturalism, inclusion or preservation. As I will argue, contemporary hierarchies of language – both in rights, recognition and resourcing - emerged as the preferred mode for organizing a dual white settler ‘multicultural’ national belonging explicitly out of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963-1971) and still echoes today even in ostensibly progressive language policies like the Indigenous Languages Act (2019).

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Margaret Maliszewska
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