Gaelic Awareness Month

Gaelic Awareness Month

Àite, Nòs is Daoine – A Place, A Tradition and A People

This May, Nova Scotians will celebrate Gaelic culture, language and heritage as we mark the 20thAnniversary of Gaelic Awareness Month.

More than one-third of Nova Scotians are of Scottish Gaelic heritage, making this province the only area outside of Europe where Gaelic has continued in its shared communal form.  This has resulted in a valuable and unique culture that is a source of pride for all Nova Scotians.

The festivities will kick-off on April 27, when Gaelic Affairs will host an official flag-raising at the Nova Scotia Legislature.

Theme and Facebook Campaign

Àite, Nòs is Daoine – A Place, a Tradition and a People is the theme of Gaelic Awareness Month 2016, and it is meant to encourage Nova Scotians to explore their own connection to Gaelic language and culture.

Many Nova Scotians may not be aware of their Gaelic heritage or perhaps they feel disconnected because they don’t speak the language. Àite, Nòs is Daoine – A Place, a Tradition and a People is about welcoming people in and letting them share their own unique story so they can become part of a broader community of Gaels.

To promote this theme, Gaelic Affairs is launching a Facebook campaign that invites participants to share photos of a person, place or thing that represents what Gaelic Nova Scotia means to them.

Taking part is easy! Participants just have to post an image to the Gaelic Affairs Facebook page or on Twitter #gaelicns, along with a few sentences that explain the significance of what is pictured.

For any individuals who wish to participate, but don’t use Facebook, images can be emailed to Frances MacEachen at Gaelic Affairs who will post the submission to the Gaelic Affairs Facebook page on behalf of the participant.

Get Involved Gaelic Awareness Month!

  • After April 27, share a picture of a person, place or thing that to you represents Gaelic Nova Scotia as part of our Àite, Nos is Daoine campaign.
  • Promote the Àite, Nòs is Daoine campaign among family members, within your organization, and in your community. Make sure the special people, places and traditions of your family and community are represented.

Request a copy of our posters

  • Share event details with Gaelic Affairs so that activities happening in your community can be promoted through the social media campaign, as well as on the Gaelic Affairs online events listing  Please fill in the attached events form and email or send back to Gaelic Affairs  at
  • Be sure to support other Gaelic events in the province by attending and sharing through your own social media accounts.
  • Contact your municipal councilor and ask for a civic proclamation of Gaelic Awareness Month at municipal government level.
  • Write to your local newspaper in support of Gaelic Awareness Month.

For more information contact:

Frances MacEachen                                              

Gaelic Affairs

P.O. Box 261

11156 Highway 19

Mabou NS B0E 1X0

(902) 945-2114