To Promote the Gaelic Language and Ensure that Gaelic Culture Continues to Thrive in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s Office of Gaelic Affairs, which works to promote the Gaelic language and ensure that Gaelic culture continues to thrive in Nova Scotia, have sponsored the publication of “Nova Scotia Gaelic On-Line Resources”. This valuable reference tool provides a link to 27 organizations dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of the Gaelic Language and culture in Nova Scotia.

The rich offerings of this index provide access to a range of resources including a library of over 2000 audio/video recordings and text from Cape Breton Gaels, interviews with Gaelic speakers, traditional Gaelic Folktales passed down by Nova Scotia Folklorists, a collection of songs and stories of Celtic Nova Scotia from the mid 20th century and much more.  The index of organizations working to revitalise the Celtic tongue and culture of Nova Scotia can be accessed via the link below.

The Following is from the the web site of the Office of Gaelic Affairs:

Nova Scotia’s Office of Gaelic Affairs is deeply connected to the community it serves. Team members possess strong language and cultural skills. This assists Gaelic Affairs in working with the Gaelic community, representing its interests and relating to others how the language and culture of Gaels benefit the province and are of national and international significance.

Nova Scotia’s Gaelic presence carries a rich past and presents an opportunity for growth and development. Gaelic language and culture influence music, stories, traditions and daily life. Vibrant Gaelic communities contribute to the diversity of the province, making Nova Scotia a place unlike any other to call home or to visit.

Gaelic Affairs works with Nova Scotians in the renewal of Gaelic, creating opportunities for people to learn the Gaelic language and experience Gaelic culture.

Gaelic Affairs also works in collaboration with individuals, organizations and government agencies in Scotland to further promote and develop Gaelic – a shared linguistic and cultural legacy. In addition, Gaelic Affairs builds on relationships with regions that possess sister Gaelic languages and cultures such as the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Vision:  Nova Scotians reclaim their Gaelic language and identity as a basis for cultural, spiritual, community and economic renewal.

Mission: To support Nova Scotians in reclaiming Gaelic language and identity by creating awareness, working with partners and providing tools and opportunities to learn, share and experience Gaelic language and culture.

Mandate: Gaelic Affairs contributes to the development of Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia, so the culture, wisdom, heritage and traditions of Gaels are valued, practiced, and passed on to future generations. It does this by:

  • Creating awareness of Gaelic language, culture and history and its contribution to Nova Scotia’s diversity, community life and economy.
  • ŸWorking with partners in government, in the community and internationally in other Gaelic regions to strengthen Gaelic language and culture.
  • Providing funding support to community groups engaged in Gaelic language and cultural projects.
  • Providing language training, support materials, innovative programming, strategic advice, research, translations and communications services to enable appreciation, acquisition and use of Gaelic language and culture.
  • Building partnerships within government to ensure investment in and stewardship of these language and cultural resources that are uniquely Nova Scotian.


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