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IALC 2015 Conference
PROTECTING Language Rights | PROMOTING Linguistic Pluralism

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015

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8:45-9:00 Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Richard Clément, Director of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa

9:00-9:10 Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Gary Slater, Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs, University of Ottawa

9:10-9:30 Opening Speech: Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, Canada

9:30-10:45 LANGUAGE RIGHTS: HOLDING GOVERNMENTS TO ACCOUNT

                Panel 1: Making Your Advice Stick – the Art of Recommendations and Follow-up

                Chair: Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, Canada
               
                Panelists:
                Katherine d’Entremont, Commissioner of Official Languages, New Brunswick, Canada
                Meri Huws, Welsh Language Commissioner, Wales, UK
                Rónán Ó Domhnaill, Irish Language Commissioner, Ireland
                Rafael Ribó, Catalan Ombudsman, Cataluña, Spain
                François Boileau, French Language Services Commissioner, Ontario


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11:15-12:30 Panel 2: Government Responsiveness

                Chair: Pierre Coulombe, Director, Performance Measurement, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Canada
               
                Panelists:
                Marc Tremblay, Executive Director, Official Languages Centre of Excellence, Treasury Board Secretariat, Canada
                Kelly Burke, Assistant Deputy Minister, Office of francophone Affairs, Ontario
                Line Pinet, Director, Canadian Francophonie and Official Languages, Executive Council Office,    
                New Brunswick
                Stéphane Cloutier, Director, Official Languages Division, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Nunavut


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1:30-2:00 THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF LINGUISTIC PLURALISM

                Keynote Speaker: Nicoletta Mariolini, Federal Delegate for Plurilingualism, Switzerland

2:00-3:15 Panel 3: Changing Hearts and Minds about the Value of Linguistic Pluralism

                Chair: Carsten Quell, Director, Policy and Research, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Canada

                Panelists:
                Matthew Hayday, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Guelph, Ontario
                Michelle Landry, Professor of Sociology, Campus de Shippagan, Université de Moncton, New Brunswick
                Philip Fenez, President, Canadian Parents for French,
                Dyfan Sion, Director of Policy and Research, Office of the Welsh Language Commissioner,
                Wales, UK


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3:30-4:15 Panel 4: Ensuring Compliance, Upholding Rights – When all Else Fails: Taking the Legal Route

                Chair:    Geneviève Boudreau, Director, Language Rights Support Program, Canada

                Panelists:
                Pascale Giguère, Senior Counsel and Manager, Legal Affairs Branch, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, Canada
                Renée Soublière, Senior Counsel, Litigation Coordinator and Supervisor, Official Languages Directorate, Justice Canada
                Mark Power, Lawyer, Power Law, Ottawa
                Roger Lepage, Lawyer, Miller Thompson LLP, Regina, Saskatchewan

4:45-5:00 Conclusion - Day 1: Richard Clément, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, Canada

5:30-7:00 Reception hosted by the University of Ottawa, including a presentation on the 400th anniversary of Champlain in Ontario

DAY 2 – THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015


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8:45-9:00 Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Richard Clément, Director of the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa

9:00-9:15 Welcoming Remarks: Meri Huws, Welsh Language Commissioner, Wales, UK

9:15-10:15 LANGUAGE AND GROUP CONFLICT

                Keynote Speakers:   Pär Stenbäck, former Minister of Education and former Minister of Foreign Relations, Finland; former General Secretary for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva

                                                  Johan Häggman, Researcher, International Affairs; former Policy Officer and Coordinator of Multilingualism and Translation Studies, European Commission; former Policy Advisor to the European Parliament; former Project Officer, European Bureau of Lesser-Used Languages, Brussels


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10:30-11:30 Case Studies:  Language Accommodation and Stabilization in Post-conflict Environments

                Presenters:        Slaviša Mladenović, Language Commissioner, Kosovo
                                           Wilpatha Waruna, Acting High Commissioner Sri Lanka Embassy, Sri Lanka


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11:30-12:15 PRESERVATION AND REVITALIZATION OF ABORIGINAL/INDIGENOUS AND MINORITY LANGUAGES

                Module 1:           Protecting and Promoting Indigenous and Minority Languages from an International Perspective

                Keynote Speaker:   Akhtarul Wasey, National Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, India


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1:15-2:00 Module 2:        Aboriginal Languages in Canada

                Keynote Speaker: Naiomi W. Metallic, Lawyer, Aboriginal Rights and Constitutional Rights, Burchells LLP, Halifax, Nova Scotia

2:00-3:15 Panel 5: Protecting and Promoting Aboriginal Languages in Canada: our Experience, good Practices and Challenges
               
                Chair:    Claude Denis, Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa
               
                Panelists:
                Bonnie Jane Maracle, Aboriginal Learning Strategist, University of Toronto, Ontario
                Marie-Odile Junker, Killam Research Fellow, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
                 Rhonda L. Paulsen, Professor of Indigenous Studies, Trent University, Ontario
                Sandra Inutiq, Official Language Commissioner of Nunavut


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3:30-3:15 Rapporteur: Colin Williams, Professor, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

4:15-4:30 Closing Remarks: Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages, Canada