Gaelic language and culture have been a part of Nova Scotia since the late 1700s. Passed down ‘o ghlùin gu glùin’ (literally ‘from knee to knee’) for generations, the presence of Gaelic has long contributed to the province. Almost a third of Nova Scotians today can trace their roots back to Gaelic-speaking settlers from the Islands and Highlands of Scotland. Many are involved in cultural activities that enrich communities and help define Nova Scotia as a unique place in the world.
Gaelic Affairs works to promote the Gaelic language and ensure that Gaelic culture continues to thrive in Nova Scotia.
Working with community partners, Gaelic Affairs contributes to the ongoing development of the Gaelic community.
Gaelic Affairs also plays an active role in the strengthening and renewal of Gaelic language and culture. This includes assisting in the acquiring and passing on of Gaelic language skills and providing opportunities for cultural learning and expression.
Gaelic is an integral part of the identity of the province. As a founding language and cultural group, Gaels have helped shape the Nova Scotian experience we know today. Through the work of Gaelic Affairs, the Gaelic language will continue to be spoken and Gaelic culture will contribute to Nova Scotia’s diversity for generations to come.
Gaelic Nova Scotia: A Resource Guide
This Resource Guide is for educators and those who wish to learn more about Gaelic language, culture, and identity in Nova Scotia.
Camino Nova Scotia: Slighe nan Gàidheal | Gaels’ Trail
To recognize the 1500th anniversary of the birth of Calum Cille | St. Columba – a central spiritual and cultural heritage figure to Nova Scotia Gaels – the Office of Gaelic Affairs is working in partnership with the Atlantic School of Theology through the Camino Nova Scotia: Slighe nan Gàidheal | Gaels’ Trail project.
The Gaels’ Trail will involve a series of four (4) separate walks over five (5) days along the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, Western Cape Breton Island, Fall 2021.
To view and download the Trail’s walking Guide please click here.
To keep in touch with what is happening in the Gaelic community in Nova Scotia, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to have your e-mail added to The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia’s newsletter mailing list.
Honourable Allan MacMaster
Minister of Gaelic Affairs