New Glasgow supporting Gaelic awareness

Published on May 13, 2016
Lewis MacKinnon speaks with Waverly Elementary students at a launch for Gaelic Awareness Month earlier this month in Halifax. 

A bheil Gàidhlig agaibh? (Do you speak Gaelic?)

Whether you or don’t, The Town of New Glasgow is offering ways to celebrate the Gaelic language this week as part of Gaelic Awareness Month.

Kim Dickson, Communications Director for the town said many of the early settlers to the area spoke Gaelic and it is an important part of the cultural diversity in Pictou County today.

Councillor Troy McCulloch said it is the indigenous language of Highlanders who settled here in the late 18th and early 19th century and turned this area into the centre of Scottish Culture in Northern Nova Scotia along with Antigonish.

“Language is the foundation of any culture, and as we struggle to find ways to preserve other aspects of our culture it is important to recognize the role that Gaelic has to play in the larger mosaic which is Scottish Culture in Canada,” he said. “Their language has a rhythm to it when spoken well, and it truly is a treat to listen to for those who appreciate it, similar to our great highland bagpipe – it is not for everyone, but to those it appeals, it appeals greatly – right to the soul.”

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the New Glasgow council chambers, Lewis MacKnnon, Exectuve director of office of Gaelic Affairs will give a brief presentation on Gaelic language, culture and identity in Pictou County including Gaelic short stories and songs, Dickson said.

“He’s also a musician,” she said. “He sings and plays the guitar. Not only can he speak Gaelic and give a very well versed presentation on the history and speak the language. He can also share music and song.”

Prior to the presentation, there will be a flag raising and after the presentation Mayor Barrie MacMillan will sign a proclamation.