Statement of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across Canada
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
On International Translation Day, we are proud to announce Ontario’s first Language Advocacy Day!
As governments at all levels provide critical information about the COVID-19 virus, Ontarians who are less proficient in English and French have been left out of the loop. Insufficient availability of translated communications has led to barriers in accessing the services and supports necessary for their well- being. As a result, newcomers, including refugees, account for half of Ontario’s COVID-19 cases, while representing only a quarter of the population.
This oversight in communications access is not new to the pandemic, and has resulted in systematic inequality of service access for these Ontarians. In turn, this impacts their ability to integrate and contribute to Ontario’s society and economy.
In response to these challenges, a coalition of language service providers and like-minded organizations, including Access Alliance, The Association of Translators and Interpreters of Ontario, the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic, the Ontario Council of Community Interpreting, and MCIS Language Solutions will be hosting a virtual advocacy day on February 4, 2021, to share with MPPs the importance of language services and to suggest measures to strengthen the sector.
Language Advocacy Day will include digital discussions featuring thought leaders from the language services sector, public servants, and interpreters. The day will also feature lived experience stories of Ontarians limited proficiency in English and French.
DATE: Thursday, February 4, 2021
TIME: 9am to 5:30pm
To learn more, contact Craig Carter-Edwards at (416) 312-8307 or email.