Justice in Official Languages - Newsletter No. 5

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In this issue

Word of welcome

During the consultations that led to the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, “youth” was identified as one of five areas for action. Indeed, it is important to invest in our young people to prepare for the future, in order to preserve and promote Canada’s linguistic duality and ensure the vitality of Francophone and Anglophone minorities. In the area of justice, this objective was realized through the development of youth initiatives and strategies to raise young people’s awareness about the inner workings of Canada’s justice system, to encourage them to ask for justice services in their official language, and to spark their interest in justice-related careers.

With funding from the Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund, many of the projects developed by our partners specifically target a young clientele, from grade school to university, and include activities that promote careers in the field of justice. In this fifth issue of the Newsletter, we invite you to discover the www.CliquezJustice.ca portal, a pan-Canadian initiative developed by the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario [Association of French-Speaking Jurists of Ontario], with the support of the associations of French-speaking jurists of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. This portal uses new information and communications technologies to reach out to children, teenagers, teachers and the general public to provide legal information that is simplified and accessible, information on careers in the area of justice, and details on the workings of the justice system.

This issue also includes a new column, entitled “Capsule 41”, which will present portraits of various coordinators responsible for the implementation of section 41 of the Official Languages Act at Justice Canada.


The JOL Team