First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Languages Legislation – Questionnaire

On December 6, 2016, the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau announced the Government of Canada’s commitment to enact an Indigenous Languages Act, co-developed with Indigenous peoples, with the goal of ensuring the preservation, promotion and revitalization of First Nation, Inuit and Métis languages. And as set out in the mandate letter addressed to Minister Joly in 2015 by the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau there is “no relationship is more important […] than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership”.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather feedback to support the development of legislation. Your input is appreciated.

For reference, please refer to the discussion guide and reference materials for background information on First Nations, Inuit, and Metis languages and languages legislation. You may find this information useful when completing the questionnaire. The questionnaire will remain active from June 18, 2018 to September 12, 2018. The questionnaire should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Participation in this survey is voluntary, all questions are optional, the anonymity of respondents will be respected and all responses will be kept strictly confidential. Demographic questions are asked for statistical purposes only and will not be used to identify respondents. All information collected will be handled in accordance with the Privacy Act of Canada.

Should you have questions about the questionnaire, difficulties accessing the questionnaire or require alternate forms of the questionnaire please contact the Indigenous Languages Legislation team at Canadian Heritage by email ( or by telephone (819-956-5796) or a questionnaire can be sent to you by e-mail, in paper or through fax.