Funding is a major issue when it comes to language development
for several reasons:
- Language communities believe that the funding they receive is inadequate
to revitalize their language. The government allocates funding based on the
size of the language
community—not on its health. One question that people
raised over and over was "How
much money does the government spend on English language
- Funding is not available for critical positions, such as a curriculum specialist or a linguist;
nor is funding identified specifically for resource materials
- Government funding is divided into many different "pots": Community
Literacy Projects, Aboriginal Literacy, seniors' literacy, literacy for people
with disabilities, the funding for Aboriginal language communities, and so
on. The Dene Nation also has language funding.
It is very difficult for communities to know who funds
what. At the same time, funding guidelines tend to be inflexible, and may
restrict the use of the money to one group of
people—seniors, for example.
- Language communities need multi–year funding for continuity and consistency
in projects and staff.
Possible role for the Literacy Council
People saw a definite role for the Literacy Council in the area of funding,
both as an advocate for improved and more coordinated funding, and as an
organization that could provide assistance to
people in accessing funding.
Some of the specific activities that people suggested we might become involved
- Develop a book of funding sources, similar to the one the first Languages
Commissioner prepared—one that is much more extensive than our current list
- Continue to offer proposal–writing workshops, but extend them. People
felt one day was not enough to give people the skills they need. They also
wanted sample proposals
specifically for Aboriginal language projects
- Provide one–on–one hands–on–assistance to people to