Gaelic Nova Scotia Month Invites People to Connect with Province’s Gaelic Heritage

Ar Sgeul ri Innse, or Our Story to Tell, is the theme of this year’s Gaelic Nova Scotia Month, celebrated this month.

Gaelic Affairs Minister Randy Delorey, launched the month, today, May 1, with a flag raising at Province House in Halifax.

As part of the celebrations, people are encouraged to celebrate and continue to connect with the province’s Gaelic language, culture and identity. About one third of Nova Scotians have Gaelic heritage.

Mr. Delorey also announced that a new Gaelic licence plate will be available later in May for those who wish to promote their Gaelic heritage.

“As we celebrate Nova Scotia’s vibrant and living Gaelic culture and language, we should reflect on how we can safeguard these, and pass them on to the next generation,” said Mr. Delorey. “Connections are key in the Gaelic culture, and even more so in the efforts that are made to maintain and pass it on.”

People can share stories over Twitter using the hashtags #GaelicNS and #OurStoryToTell, or through Facebook at .

Now in its 22nd year, the month includes more than 50 events, presentations, gatherings and activities. The Cape Breton launch of the month will take place at 6 p.m. on May 2 at the Colaisde na Gàidhlig/Gaelic College in St. Anns, Victoria Co.

To learn more about the month and events, and Gaelic in Nova Scotia, go to , call 1-888-842-3542, or email .

The province’s culture strategy – Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Creativity and Community – is committed to the support, encouragement and promotion of Gaelic language culture and identity.