An act to establish IMLD: Historic Bill S-247
Upon the request of our Vancouver based Mother Language Lovers of the World Society (MLLWS) of British Columbia (BC) International Mother Language Day was tabled in the Canadian Parliament in 2007 for the first time by Sukh Dhaliwal, MP, Newton—North Delta, BC as a Private Bill C-407. The bill didn't pass at that time.
The Second effort was taken again by MLLWS. This time it was proposed by John Aldag MP for Cloverdale - Langley City of BC. He tabled in Canadian Parliament on 21st of February 2017. He mentioned, 21st February is a very special day, it is recognized by the global community as International Mother Language Day. Also mentioned, in 1999, UNESCO recognized 21st February as International Mother Language Day to celebrate the linguistic heritage of peoples across the World. This effort would have been impossible without the effort of the Vancouver based organization, the Mother Language Lovers of the World Society.
This private bill taken to the Canadian Senate and presented as Bill S-247 as An Act to establish International Mother Language Day, sponsored by Sen. Mobina S. B. Jaffer. Introduction and First Reading was tabled on 22nd March, 2018; reading was passed. Second Reading was tabled on 5th December, 2018; reading had been passed. Currently this bill has been reffered to the Standing Committee of Senate on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for further and final review.