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Language Matters

How Canadian Voluntary Associations Manage French and English

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Language Matters

How Canadian Voluntary Associations Manage French and English

In the 1960s, a study for the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism Commission revealed that Canadian associations were often paralyzed by internal conflicts over language. Language Matters examines whether this remains the case.The contributors present case studies or life histories of diverse associations, from business organizations to groups concerned with social justice. They examine key turning points in the given association’s history and explore how its mandate, leadership, relationship to the federal and provincial governments, and shifting options in the political arena shaped its response to linguistic diversity. Language Matters provides a deeper understanding of the language dynamic in Canada and offers solutions to groups and governments trying to manage difference.


244 pages


Table of Contents

Preface

1 Language and the Institutions of Civil Society / David Cameron and Richard Simeon

2 French-English Relations in Comprehensive Business Associations / William Coleman and Tim Mau

3 Canada’s English and French Farm Communities / Grace Skogstad

4 Municipal Associations / Don Stevenson and Richard Gilbert

5 Associations in the Voluntary Health Sector: The Heart and Stroke Foundations of Canada and the Huntington Societies of Canada and Quebec / Richard Simeon

6 From Biculturalism to Bilingualism: Patterns of Linguistic Association in the Canadian Council on Social Development / Jane Jenson and Rachel Laforest

7 Managing Linguistic Practices in International Development NGOs: The World University Service of Canada / Cathy Blacklock

8 Two Voices for Human Rights: Amnesty International / Michel Duquette and Sylvie Dugas

9 Accommodation at the Pinnacle: The Special Role of Civil Society’s Leaders / Richard Simeon and David Cameron

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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