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Historica Canada Education Portal

Official Languages Act Education Guide

  • Political History
This guide is an introduction to the Official Languages Act and the history of language policy in Canada. The 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act (OLA) represents an opportunity to learn about the history that led to the Act, and its subsequent legacy.

The guide focuses  primarily on the Act itself, the factors that led to its  creation, and its impact and legacy. It touches on key moments in the history of linguistic policy in Canada, though teachers may wish to address topics in greater detail to provide a deeper understanding of the complex nature of language relations. The complicated nature of recorded history and curricular requirements do not allow us to tell everyone’s stories, and we hope that teachers will share other perspectives, experiences, and stories.

Supporting documents for this Learning Tool

File type File size Action
Official_Languages_Act_Education_Guide_2_page_spread_FINAL.pdf PDF 5.04 MB Download
Official_Languages_Act_Education_Guide_FINAL_PAGES.pdf PDF 5.07 MB Download
Activity_1_-_Historical_Language_Relations_Worksheet.pdf PDF 752 KB Download
Activity_3_-_Spotlight_on_the_Schools_Questions_Worksheet.pdf PDF 750 KB Download
Activity_4_-_Analyzing_Language_Relations_through_Cartoons_Worksheet.pdf PDF 1.19 MB Download
Activity_7_-_The_Official_Languages_Act_Perspectives.pdf PDF 2.37 MB Download
Activity_8_-_Was_the_B_B_Commission_Successful_Worksheet.pdf PDF 1.44 MB Download
Activity_11_-_Commemorating_the_OLA_Worksheet.pdf PDF 760 KB Download
All_Activities_-_OLA_Worksheets.pdf PDF 3.58 MB Download