OTTAWA-The Assembly of First Nations says proposed changes to the Official Languages Act are likely to create “barriers” for Indigenous people hoping to work in federal institutions and advance to higher levels. The national advocacy organization, representing more than 600 First Nations across the country, issued its warning to a parliamentary committee currently studying amendments to the law. Last spring, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government introduced planned changes to the Official Languages Act to modernize the legislation, including more measures to promote the use of French. Among the proposed amendments is the extension of language rights to federally regulated businesses in Quebec or regions elsewhere in Canada that have a francophone population. In a brief submitted to the committee studying the matter, the Assembly of First Nations says the move
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