MCIS connects at Homeless Connect Toronto

by: Alanna Quinn, Business Development Coordinator On Oct. 27, volunteers and interpreters from MCIS returned to Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Centre for the 7th annual Homeless Connect Toronto event. The event was held to provide typically costly human services, such as dental care, eye care, foot care and haircuts, amongst over 30 other types of services, free of charge to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. MCIS’ role at the event was to connect native…

Participating as a Volunteer and Translator at the Localization Lab Event for International Translation Day

by: Ixchel Cervantes, Project Coordinator, Translation Services On a rainy Saturday in downtown Toronto, MCIS staff, Localization Lab organizers, translators, and other participants gathered together to explore the world of Internet Accessibility and the tools that facilitate this accessibility for people all over the world, at the Mozilla office in Toronto. As a not particularly tech-savvy person, the concept of Psiphon was foreign to me, I have never experienced myself what it was like to…

Bridging the Linguistic Divide: The Impact of Language Rights on Internet Freedom

By Andrea Brás from Localization Lab Access to information on the Internet differs from one language to another; however, users might be surprised at just how much the language they speak conditions their Internet experience. More than 50% of the Internet is in English, which far surpasses the world’s native English speakers and doesn’t come close to representing other majority languages. iIn fact, according to some researchers, German is the second most visible language online…

Language Justice Series, Localization Sprint: Psiphon for Translators and Language Justice Activists

By: Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager Several months ago, Open Mind, a weekly public affairs program designed to elicit meaningful insights into the challenges of contemporary policies, talked to Dragana Kaurin, a fellow at the Berkman Klein Centre, a human rights activist, researcher, and founder of Localization Lab, an organization that builds bridges between developers, organizations, users and communities in need, facilitating more accurate translations and  better Internet access: “Unlike 25 years ago when Bosnians…

Language Policy Hackathon: Report

By: Eliana Trinaistic, MCIS Language Solutions & Niha Shahzad, Policy Innovation Initiative Click here to read the final report. Language access is a complex topic and one that is highly volatile. On the one hand, the views on language access are constantly changing and evolving due to changes in migration patterns or technology. On the other hand, they remain fundamentally grounded in the concept of nationhood. The scope of language rights is determined by a…

Bangladesh’s Fight, the World’s Prize: The History of International Mother Language Day

By Sarah Haque, Board Administration and Communication Coordinator I have heard from more than one non-Bengali speaker that when they hear Bengali spoken it sounds sweet and melodious. I speak Bengali. It is my mother tongue. My language is my identity. But these feelings and my story would’ve been entirely different if Bengali student demonstrators, Abdus Salam, Rafiq Uddin Ahmed, Abul Barkat, Abdul Jabbar and many others hadn’t sacrificed their lives and become language martyrs….

MCIS help thousands during Parent Teacher Interviews

By: Sanah Matadar, Social Media coordinator & Hongyan (Jack) Xu, Marketing Manager November saw MCIS sending interpreters on assignments all across Southern Ontario. The reason? To interpret for over 1,000 parent-teacher interviews. This year, MCIS handled and provided interpretation services to four school boards: The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) The Peel District School Board (PDSB) The Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) With the increase in migration and…

Keynote speaker for the MCIS Language Solutions 2018 AGM – Shelley Gilbert of Legal Assistance of Windsor

MCIS is honoured to be hosting Shelley Gilbert at our 2018 AGM. Shelley will be speaking on the importance of language access as it relates to her work. A University of Windsor School of Social Work alumni, Shelley is the Coordinator of Social Work at Legal Assistance of Windsor (LAW), the southwestern branch of Legal Aid Ontario. With 73 community legal clinics across Canada’s largest province, Legal Aid Ontario is a community service providing assistance…

MCIS’ Language Impact Grant Opens Today!

Do you have an advocacy aptitude?  Are you passionate and informed about language rights?  Do you enjoy educating others about the causes you support? Do you have any ideas about advocacy kits that might create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are might be interested to apply for an the MCIS Language Impact Challenge grant ($25,000)! We are inviting Individuals, non-profit/ grassroots…

Lady Justice May Be Blind, But She Can Hear You!

The cover of Ingrid Piller’s 2016 book, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice, features an interesting twist on the iconic image of blindfolded Lady Justice holding her scales while wearing earmuffs because she “would have to be deaf as well as blind to be truly impartial […] As long as Lady Justice can hear, she will be able to form a view of the speaker’s socioeconomic status, their level of education, their ethnicity, their gender, their…