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Gaelic Nova Scotia Month

Gaelic language and culture have been a part of Nova Scotia since the late 1700s. Passed down ‘o ghlùin gu glùin’ (literally ‘from knee to knee’) for generations, the presence of Gaelic has long contributed to the province. Almost a third of Nova Scotians today can trace their roots back to Gaelic-speaking settlers from the Islands and Highlands of Scotland. Many are involved in cultural activities that enrich communities and help define Nova Scotia as a unique place in the world.

Gaelic Affairs works to promote the Gaelic language and ensure that Gaelic culture continues to thrive in Nova Scotia.

Working with community partners, Gaelic Affairs contributes to the ongoing development of the Gaelic community.

Gaelic Affairs also plays an active role in the strengthening and renewal of Gaelic language and culture. This includes assisting in the acquiring and passing on of Gaelic language skills and providing opportunities for cultural learning and expression.

Gaelic is an integral part of the identity of the province. As a founding language and cultural group, Gaels have helped shape the Nova Scotian experience we know today. Through the work of Gaelic Affairs, the Gaelic language will continue to be spoken and Gaelic culture will contribute to Nova Scotia’s diversity for generations to come.

  • Gaelic Nova Scotia Month launched with a flag raising was held outside of Province House Wednesday

  • An estimated one-third of Nova Scotians having Gaelic heritage

  • The Power of Our Songs is the theme this year.

  • Many schools in the Halifax region are getting involved in various cultural events this month.

  • Hashtags: #GaelicNS #ThePowerOfOurSongs

Here in HRM, there is an initiative going on at Springvale and Saint Mary’s elementary schools where students are learning to weave a milling blanket, and in that process, they’re learning Gaelic songs to accompany the work.

They just bring such wonderful energy and such openness.
— Lewis MacKinnon, Executive Director of Gaelic Affairs

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