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The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia

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Anns an eagran seo... | In this edition...

Naidheachd | News
1) Calling all Gaelic Students 

Céilidhean Beò | Live Céilidhs
1) In the footsteps of Our Ancestors
2) Weekly Cape Breton Square Dances 

3) Gaelic Conversation Group
4) West 
Mabou Dance

Clasaichean Beò | Live Clases
1) Oidhche Shamhna Ghàidhealach | Halloween Gaelic Weekend
2) Cape Breton Stepdance Lessons

Céilidhean Air Loidhne | Online Céilidhs
1) Pop-up Gàidhealtachd - The Highland Village

Clasaichean Air Loidhne
1) Gaelic Online
2) Sgoil Gàidhlig an Àrd-Bhaile Fall Classes

Gàidhlig air an Rèidio | Gaelic on the Radio
1) Gaelic on CBFM 
2) Gaelic Nova Scotia Station
3) Aiseirigh nan Gàidheal

Naidheachd | News

Calling all Gaelic Students!
This upcoming fall will mark the 50th anniversary of the Gaelic language instruction program which began in 1972 in Nova Scotian schools. It was a pilot program introduced in seven schools in Inverness County and later saw Gaelic language instruction earn equal status to all other Nova Scotia public school courses. The Mabou Gaelic & Historical Society is organizing an event to commemorate the success of this initial program and its impact on students over its five decade tenure. The Gaelic language has such a rich history in our communities and this program was a means for many to bridge their present to their family’s past and reinvigorate what was once so commonplace. 

It’s our goal to celebrate the program, its initial instructors and provide an opportunity for students of the program to share its impact. Our hope is to welcome students to participate in the evening’s discussion and provide the perspective of the student. If you took any of these Gaelic courses and felt they enriched your life or your career in a special way, we would love to hear from you. Send an email to

Céidhlidhean Beò | Live Céilidhs

In the Footsteps of Our Ancestors

We are so excited to be hosting a gathering at the Saint Ninian Pioneer Cemetery on Sept 24! Special thanks to the Gaelic Narrative Project and the Saint Ninian Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Committee for their contributions to this event. Come one and all for a discussion of Gaelic culture and our connections to those who founded this place we call home.
Weekly Square Dances

There's a variety of Cape Breton Square Dances that happen weekly with new tunes and musicians each time! See below for the different days and times:

Monday: Drop in every Monday night from 9:30pm-1:00am at the Brook Village 19+ Square Dances 

Wednesday: Every Wednesday night at Normaway Inn come by to hear some great tunes and see some great steps at their Ceilidh and Square Dance series

Thursday: Come by every Thursday night for the weekly family square dances at Glencoe Mills from 9:00pm-12:00am

Friday: Every Friday night head over to St. Joseph's Parish Hall for their weekly adult square dances in South West Margaree

Saturday: Head over to West Mabou every Saturday night for their family square dances from 9:00pm-12:00am year round
Gaelic Conversation Group 
Scottish Gaelic conversation group hosted by Emily McEwan. Meeting weekly at 6:30 pm at The Cottage Café - An Teachín, Paddler's Cove, 300 Prince Albert Rd, Dartmouth, NS. Drinks & snacks can be purchased at the café. (If you don't see us outside on the patio, knock on the door!)

We've set this up as a weekly event, but please double-check the listing HERE each week before coming! We might have to cancel a few here & there.

Clasaichean Beò | Live Classes

Oidhche Shamhna Gàidhealach
Halloween Gaelic Weekend 
This weekend explores Gaelic traditions and customs around Oidhche Shamna/Halloween including fuarag, pumpkin/turnip carving, and spooky storytelling around the fire. Gaelic classes are available for all ages and levels.
Lili Watson – Youth (Age 7 – 14)
Joyce MacDonald – Beginner
Angus MacLeod – Intermediate
Hector MacNeil – Advanced 

For more information and to register: HERE
Also, there will be a book launch that is open to the public for Dorsan & Finn MacCool and the Salmon of Knowledge held at 6:30pm in MacKenzie Hall on Saturday, October 22nd.
Cape Breton Stepdance Lessons

Hey HRM folks! Come out and try a class in Cape Breton Stepdance! Lots of fun and great exercise... classes are filling up quickly!

For more information and to register: HERE

Céidhlidhean Air Loidhne | Online Céilidhs

Highland Village is hosting upcoming pop-up Gàidhealtachd, the dates are June 24th, July 8th, August 5th, September 16th, October 21st, and are resuming their weekly pop-ups in November.

Click here for more information.

Clasaichean Air Loidhne | Online Classes

Join our growing online classroom this fall with Gaelic Online! It is a Scottish Gaelic language program dedicated to teaching its students to read, write, and speak the language. Its goal is to provide a fun and effective pathway to Gaelic fluency wherever you live.

And new for 2022, we're thrilled to be able to offer level 1 for university credit in partnership with Cape Breton University! It is offered in two, 12-week, 3 credit courses (Gaelic Online Level 1a and Level 1b) over the Fall and Winter semester, respectively.
This course runs in 2 sessions per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-4:30PM Atlantic Time.

Find out all the details HERE!
Registration is open for our Fall Session! 
- Please note the updated number of weeks, course formats and fees
- As we are based in Nova Scotia, all class times are listed in ADT/UTC-3
- Please email to register!

Gàidhlig air an Rèidio | Gaelic on the Radio

CBFM has Feasgar còmhla ri Cailean Dòmhnullach! The show will be in Gaelic and will run Monday-Friday evenings from 7-9! Colin is the Director of Gaelic at Colaisde na Gàidhlig and the show starts Monday evening!

Listen in HERE 


Gaelic Nova Scotia Station

The Gaelic Nova Scotia Station will be on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am

97.5 Community Radio in Kwipew

Listen live at to hear conversations, music, and the voices and views of Nova Scotia's Gaelic community.

Aiseirigh Nan Gàidheal 

Listen in to this long running bilingual (Gaelic and English) radio program live at 6pm-7pm on Saturdays!

listen live at this LINK!

Comhairle na Gàidhlig would like to thank the North British Society Charitable Trust for their generous support of this newsletter.

To view more information on the Trust, please visit their website HERE.
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51779 Cabot Trail
P.O. Box 80
Englishtown, NS  
Canada  B0C 1H0

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