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Language and Governance Conference Agenda

Thursday, 29 November The Challenge of Language Equality Friday, 30 November Language and Governance A roundtable hosted by the National Assembly for Wales and the Forum of Federations Cardiff, 29-30 November 2001 Thursday, 29 November 15.00 – 15.45 Registration 16.00 – 16.15 Opening Remarks Co-Chairs: Jenny Randerson, Minister for Culture, Sports and the Welsh Language, National Assembly for Wales Ralph Lysyshyn, President, Forum of Federations 16.15 – 17.00 Keynote Addresses Rt Hon Rhodri Morgan, First Minister, National Assembly for Wales The Challenge of Language Equality Dyane Adam, Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada Language Planning: The Canadian Approach 17.00 – 17.20 Points from the floor 17.30 – 19.00 Reception sponsored by the Government of Québec Host: Daniel Audet, Delegate General of Québec Friday, 30 November 9.00 – 9.30 Arrival and coffee 9.30 – 10.30 Session I — Linguistic Minorities in Context Chair: Delyth Evans, Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs, Culture and Environment, National Assembly for Wales 9.30 – 9.50 Colin Williams, Cardiff University and Welsh Language Board 9.50 – 10.10 Gérard Finn, Director General, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada 10.10 – 10.30 Open discussion 10.30 – 11.00 Coffee 11.00 – 12.30 Session II — Comparing Legislative and Institutional Frameworks Chair: Michéal de Hál, Chief Executive, Foras na Gaeilge, Ireland 11.00 – 11.15 Diana Monnet, Deputy Secretary, Official Languages Division, Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada 11.15 – 11.30 Guy Dumas, Permanent Secretary, Language Policy Secretariat of Québec 11.30 – 11.45 Winston Roddick QC, Counsel General, National Assembly for Wales 11.45 – 12.30 Open discussion 12.30 – 14.00 Lunch sponsored by the Canadian High Commission Host: Robert Rochon, Deputy High Commissioner 14.00 – 15.30 Session III — Assessing Policies and Programmes Chair: J. Barry Jones, Director, Welsh Governance Centre, Cardiff University 14.00 – 14.15 Mary Coughlan, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands, Ireland 14.15 – 14.30 Norman Moyer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Canadian Identity, Department of Canadian Heritage 14.15 – 14.45 Rhodri Williams, Chair, Welsh Language Board 14.45 – 15.30 Open discussion 15.30 – 16.00 Tea 16.00 – 17.30 Session IV — The Way Forward: Devolution, Federalism, and the Empowerment of Linguistic Communities Chair: Warren J. Newman, General Counsel, Department of Justice, Canada 16.00 – 16.30 The following speakers will make brief remarks on the proceedings of the roundtable and raise a key question or issue for discussion. Máiréad Nic Craith, Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster Allan Campbell, Chief Executive, Comunn na Gàidhlig, Scotland Rhodri Glyn Thomas, Chair of Culture Committee, National Assembly for Wales Linda Cardinal, Department of Political Science and Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa 16.30 – 17.30 Open discussion 17.30 – 17.45 Closing Remarks Delyth Evans, Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs, Culture and Environment, National Assembly for Wales