New Scottish Gaelic school to open in Nova Scotia, Canada


Colaisde na Gàidhlig, Cape Breton Island Mikmaq (CC-BY-3.0).

A new Gaelic-language immersion school is set to open in Mabou on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia this September.


The school for primary aged pupils will focus on "both language and culture" and aims to "foster a strong sense of identity rooted in Gaelic as well as a high quality of academic achievement."


The school, Taigh Sgoile na Drochaide, is being establish in partnership with Colaisde na Gàidhlig— a Gaelic-culture college founded on the island in 1938.


Nova Scotia, and Cape Breton Island in particular, were once home to a large community of Scottish Gaelic speakers. More than 50,000 speakers emigrated from the Scottish Highlands to Nova Scotia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.


Cape Breton Island remained majority Scottish Gaelic speaking into the 20th century.


The 2016 Canadian census recorded only 40 native Scottish Gaelic speakers on the island.

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