Language rights have been a central and controversial feature of the Canadian constitution since Confederation. The recognition and protection of language rights was significantly enhanced under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Supreme Court of Canada has, in recent years, given constitutionally protected language rights a generous interpretation, repudiating an earlier tendency to give them a narrow interpretation.
Minority language rights have at the same time an individual, a collective, and a remedial dimension. Courts will protect the language rights of individuals but also recognize that language rights are related to the collective interests and rights of minority language communities in Canada and are designed to resist the assimilation of such communities.
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