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Quebec passes Bill 96 to promote French in the province, faces backlash from Indigenous peoples

Quebec on Tuesday passed Bill 96, a new law that promotes the use of the French language in the province. This led to unrest between the government and the indigenous peoples.

Francois Legault, the premier of Quebec, said they took this to protect the French language in the country. Like more than half of population of North America speaks English, he wants the province to be encouraged to practice French, reports Reuters.

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But this has become a problem for indigenous peoples, as they try to protect their culture. It has become difficult for students who already have to study English and Kanien’kéha and then learn French to enter colleges in Quebec. This will likely create problems for immigrants, as the new law states that they must start learning French within 6 months and report to a government official.

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“We will do whatever it takes to make sure our voice is heard,” Mike Delisle told Reuters. He also added that no specific decision had yet been made.

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In the 1970s, a separatist party was formed in the province to protect the French language in the province. Quebec has had heated debates on the type of languages ​​to practice.

Indigenous rights advocate Kenneth Dheer called the move “recolonization” because he himself was forced to learn English.

(With agency contributions)

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