May 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of Gaelic Awareness Month in Nova Scotia. The theme of this year’s awareness campaign is “Àite, Nòs is Daoine – A Place, A tradition and A People”. Gaelic Affairs Nova Scotia says the theme Àite, Nòs is Daoine is about “welcoming people in and letting them share their own unique story so they can become part of a broader community of Gaels”.
CBU’s Heather Sparling, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology / Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Musical Traditions) is working with a number of partners to present several events celebrating Gaelic Awareness month:
May 30: Gaelic Immersion Course (In partnership with the Gaelic College)
CBU also offers Gaelic courses throughout the year, and has degree options such as a Celtic Culture Concentration and a Gaelic Minor.
“As a fluent Gaelic learner myself, I feel privileged to live in Cape Breton where I can continue to learn and speak the language and, as a CBU professor, to have opportunities to contribute to the maintenance and revitalization of the language and culture” says Heather Sparling. “We are fortunate at CBU to be able to offer Gaelic language courses, to have an official relationship with the Gaelic College, to have a popular exchange program with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (the Gaelic-medium college on the Isle of Skye in Scotland), and to have an incredible array of Gaelic resources available at the Beaton Institute that can be drawn upon for both learning and research”.
The festivities kicked-off on April 27 with a flag-raising at the Nova Scotia Legislature, but will continue throughout the month.
To learn more about Gaelic Awareness Month and Gaelic culture in general, visit www.gaelic.novascotia.ca.