"Thanks to all who have conveyed support through phone calls and
e-mails regarding Gaelic Affairs’ layoffs.
In an initial communication, The Gaelic Council conveyed the
facts as they have been communicated regarding this situation
and now requests that community members make their views and
concerns known by contacting the political decision makers
Government needs to know that the Gaelic Community is not happy
nor is okay with this decision.
A critical decision was made that negatively impacts Gaels and
the remarkable progress that the community has made over the
past number of years.
We, as a community were not consulted and while government
continues to communicate that it clearly supports Gaelic
language and culture, this comes as a great loss and shock to
our community and on all measures appears to be an unacceptable
method of finding efficiencies.
The following key messages and questions may act as a guide for
Community members when contacting the political decision makers
involved. Please feel free to cut and paste this and use
in your e-mail or telephone communication.
Recent layoffs to Gaelic Affairs' staff and the planned closure
of the Mabou office have negatively impacted the Gaelic
Gaels in the province have made remarkable progress over the
past number of years and support from Gaelic Affairs has been
a critical aspect of this progress.
There was no prior consultation with the Gaelic Community and
while government continues to communicate that it clearly
supports Gaelic language and culture, these layoffs and office
closure communicate a very different message.
This comes as a great loss and shock to our community and on all
measures appears to be an unacceptable method of finding
As a member of the community and active supporter of Gaelic
language and culture in the province, I want to communicate my
personal displeasure with these decisions and that they are not
acceptable to me or to the Gaelic Community.
In order to better under the process involved in making these
decisions and government's plan for Gaelic language and culture
development going forward, please address the following
1. Gaelic Affairs had a staff of 5, where other community
identity offices have almost double the staff compliment and
received less in terms of lay-offs, why was Gaelic Affairs more
2. How specifically will government support the Gaelic Community
with two less support staff?
3. What specifically will be done to regain our community’s
confidence in the government’s supports of
the Gaelic community?
Please call or email all three Ministers’ constituency offices
with these questions.
Randy Delorey MLA
Minister of Gaelic Affairs
Tony Ince MLA
Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Diana Whalen MLA
Minister of Finance and Treasury Board
If e-mailing, copy in your local MLA so that they are aware of
A list of MLA contact info is found on the internet by clicking
this link http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/people/members/
Please feel free to copy in Comhairle na Gàidhlig as well.
We again ask that all community members and any and all
supporters of Gaelic language and culture become engaged in this
response and feel it very necessary for the community to make
sure it voices its views on this matter.
Please feel free to contact Comhairle na Gàidhlig to discuss
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||Is duilich burn glan a thoirt a tobar salach.
It's difficult to draw pure water from a dirty well.