A minister responsible for Gaelic Initiatives was appointed in February 2006, and the Office of Gaelic Affairs established in December 2006. Generally speaking, the object and purpose of Gaelic Affairs are the development and promotion of Gaelic language and culture. Its mandate is to develop greater awareness and appreciation for Gaelic language and culture and consult with the Gaelic-speaking population on ongoing Gaelic language programs and development of a Gaelic-language plan and policy directions. The Office of Gaelic Affairs supports the mission of Comhairle na Gàidhlig (the Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia) to create an environment making Nova Scotia a place where Gaelic language and culture thrive. It also offers advice and support to departments, agencies and crown corporations to develop policies and services reflecting the needs of Gaelic speakers. In January 2011 the Office was integrated into the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for administrative purposes, with the deputy minister becoming its chief executive officer.
Notes: Authority record based on Order in Council 2006-523 (4 Dec. 2006); Statutes of Nova Scotia 2008 c. 4 (Part V). Order in Council 2011-23 (11 January 2011).
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