Celebrating Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia.
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Fàilte oirbh!

Welcome to you!

In this newsletter, you will find news and current events celebrating and sharing Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia.

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'N dòchas gun chòrd e ribh,
Hope you enjoy,
Seigheag Nic'IlleMhaoil | Shay MacMullin

Bonnach Earraich

Bhìte iomadh seòrsa do bhonnach `gan deasachadh. 'S a' phìos seo, chìthear mar a nì Treusag ni’n Pheadair Mhóir Steabhain Mhìcheil bonnach earraich. Am bidh sibh p-fhéin ri fuine bonnach air bith?

A variation to a traditional bonnach.


Nova Scotians are once again getting the chance to further their study of Gaelic language and culture in Scotland.

Now in its fourth year, the bursary program supports Nova Scotians attending language training in Scotland with travel, meal and accommodation or distance learning costs. The program is funded by the Scottish Government through Bòrd na Gàidhlig (Scotland) and administered by Gaelic Affairs.

"The program provides an opportunity to Nova Scotians to further their Gaelic language and cultural skills through international travel and study or distance learning," said Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey.

Bursary recipients will enroll in Gaelic-language study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a national centre for Gaelic language and culture on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and attend formal classes. Recipients may also enroll in a distance learning course.

"It is a wonderful program that provided me with an amazing opportunity through which I learned so much. I feel privileged to have been chosen as one of the 2015 recipients," said Joanie MacDonald of New Glasgow.

"Through shared Gaelic language and common cultural origins this initiative reinforces the strong links between Scotland and Nova Scotia," said Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for Scotland's Languages, The Scottish Government. "I encourage Nova Scotians to apply and to contribute to strengthening the Gaelic language and the links between both our communities."

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and permanent residents of Nova Scotia to qualify for the bursary. The deadline for applications is February 19.

For more information about applying to the bursary program, contact Lewis MacKinnon at 902-424-4298 or sends e-mail).

Tha muinntir na h-Albann Nuaidh’ a’ faighinn a’ chothroim a-rithist gus eòlas na Gàidhlig agus a cultuir ’adhartachadh an Albainn.

’S a cheathramh bliadhna, bheir prógram a' bhursaraidh taic do mhuinntir na h-Albann Nuaidh’ a bhios a’ gabhail pàirt ann an trèanadh-cànain an Albainn le cosgaisean: siubhail, bìdhe agus fuirich na le bhi ’g ionnsachadh air astar. Tha a’ mhaoin dhan phrógram a’ tighinn o Riaghaltas na h-Albann ’ro Bhòrd na Gàidhlig le Iomairtean na Gàidhlig ’ga riaghladh.

Bheir am prógram cothrom do mhuinntir na h-Albann Nuaidhe gus an sgilean ’s a’ Ghàidhlig agus a cultur adhartachadh ’ro shiubhal eadar-nàiseanta agus ionnsachadh thall thairis is air astar,” thuirt Ministear Iomairtean na Gàidhlig, Raghnull Delorey.

Clàraichidh luchd-fhaighinn a’ bhursaraidh gus ionnsachadh a dhèanadh aig Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, ’na ionad nàiseanta dhan a’ Ghàidhlig agus dh’a cultur anns an Eilean Sgitheanach an Albainn is ’ad a’ dol go clasaichean foirmeil. Faodaidh luchd-fhaighinn clàrachadh do chùrsaichean-ionnsachaidh air astar cuideachd.

’S e prógram air leth a th’ann a thug dhomh cothrom miarailteach o’n a dh’ionnsaich mi móran. Bha e ’na shochair dhomh a bhith ’nam roghnachadh mar aon dhen luchd-fhaighinn,” thuirt Seonag NicDhòmhnaill ás a’ Bhaile Bheag.

’Ro’n a’ Ghàidhlig agus ro’ thùsan coitcheann culturach, tha an iomairt seo ag ath-neartachadh nan ceanglaichean làidir’ a th’ann eadar Alba agus Alba Nuadh,” thuirt An t-Ollamh Alasdair Allan, Ministear do Chànanan na h-Albann, Riaghaltas na h-Albann. “Tha mi ’misneachadh muinntir na h-Albann Nuaidh’ a bhi a’ cur a-staigh dha agus a bhi a’ cur ri neartachadh na Gàidhlig agus nan ceanglaichean eadar an dà choimhearsnachd againn."

Feumaidh luchd-fhaighinn a bhi co-dhiubh 18 bliadhna a dh’aois agus ’nan luchd-còmhnaidh buan an Albainn Nuaidh a bhi ’nan teisteanachadh dhan bhursaraidh. ’S e 19 an Gearran an ceann-àma do dh’iarrtasan.

Gus tuilleadh fiosrachaidh ’fhaighinn a thaobh a bhi ’cur a-staigh do phrógram a’ bhursaraidh, nach cuir sibh fios go Lodaidh MacFhionghain 902-424-4298 na nach cuir sibh post-dealain go sends e-mail).

Gaelic Council of NS: Dé 'n t-ainm a th' ort? | What's your name?

Do you teach or share a heritage language (Acadien, Mi’kmaq, et. al.) in your community?

Do you work with refugees or teach E.S.L. classes?

Do you teach core language in our school system?

Are you waiting for an opportunity to finally begin learning Gaelic?

Are you currently a beginner Gaelic learner wishing to participant in a supportive, immersive environment?


We'd like to warmly invite you to join us for a very special Immersive Language Tutor Training event happening this February in Baddeck, Nova Scotia.  Through immersive methods, you will experience language acquisition as a child learns their home language.  Learners of this innovative method pick up language quickly in a safe and fun environment, while staying completely in the target language.

To find out more information about this event, please visit our information page or contact us by email.
Upcoming Gaelic Language and Cultural Events
Date Event
Saturday, February 6  
West Mabou Square Dance
$8/person, $15/couple, kids under 12 free
Donna Marie DeWolfe & Mac Morin
Saturday, February 6  
Cabot Public House Traditional Sessions
Inverness, NS
Youth accompanied by an adult can stay in the pub until 9 PM, so we highly encourage any local youth musicians to come by for tunes, songs and steps.
Select Saturdays, 6-9pm
February 6th - Kevin Dugas and Lawrence Cameron
February 20th - Hailee LeFort and Cailean Dòmhnullach
March 5th - TBA
Sunday, February 7 Celtic Music Centre:  Sunday Ceilidh
Rodney MacDonald & friends
Featuring youth fiddler: Joe MacMaster
2 – 5 pm
Feb 15-26, 2016  
TIP Tutor Training Course
For Learners and Tutors
with Finlay MacLeoid
More information
Saturday, February 20  
All Ages Cape Breton Halifax Dance
St. Agnes Church Hall
6903 Mumford Street, Halifax, NS
$7 for Adults, $20 per family, Under 5 free
Adult accompaniment required for children under 16 years of age
Music by Marc Boudreau and Harvey Beaton
Guest Youth Fiddler - TBC
50/50 draw
Smoke Free - Alcohol Free
Instructional Square Sets
Open Talent Showcase
Step Dance Showcase
February 23, 2016 Mar bhlàth an fheòir | like the flowering grass:  Gaelic language and song focus
Free admission, all are welcome
UPEI SDU Main Building Faculty Lounge
Dr. Tiber F.M. Falzett, Research Associate at the Institute of Island Studies
Mar 1, 2016  
Caidreabh na Tì, Highland Village Museum
You are invited to join us a Gaelic tea and Social. Drop in anytime between 2 and 4 for tea and Gaelic conversation. Only Gaelic will be spoken. All are welcome.
More Information
March 11-14, 2016  
March Break Youth Session at the Gaelic College
The three-day March Break Program is the perfect start to March Break for any youth aged 5-18. (Must be of school-age) With opportunities to learn the Gaelic arts in a variety of forms from some of the area's top instructors and performers, in combination with the ton of fun planned, it's easy to see why kids want to come back year after year. Click over to our Facebook page to check out this year's wonderful session photos!
April 4-29, 2016  
A' Togail na Gàidhlig | Lifting the Gaelic
A Live-in Gaelic Immersion Experience  (250 hours)
Emily MacDonald & Shay MacMullin
Inverness County
More information & To Apply
See us on Facebook
May 23-27, 2016  
Scottish Gaelic Immersion Week
Angus MacLeod & Fiona Smith
Vancouver Island
Email Nickie Polson to register.
July 25-29 & Aug 1-5, 2016  
Gaelic Immersion
Goose Cove, NS
Angus MacLeod & Fiona Smith
Message Angus for more info and to register
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