Na Gaisgich Òga

Na Gaisgich Òga | The Young Heroes is a Gaelic mentorship program for youth, run by Colaisde na Gàidhlig | The Gaelic College, and supported by the Province of Nova Scotia through the Office of Gaelic Affairs’ Gaelic Cultural Activities, a Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage Support4Culture program.

Na Gaisgich Òga gives students the opportunity to be immersed in the Gaelic language, develop and improve language skills, be engaged in Gaelic cultural activities (such as song, storytelling, music, dance, and other traditional customs), meet local native Gaelic speakers, and develop a deeper connection with the local Gaelic community in Nova Scotia a beyond.

Program motto: “Thugam is Bhuam” | “To me and from me”.

This refers to the knowledge coming ‘to me’, and then being passed on ‘from me’.

This year, Na Gaisgich Òga will be offered in 5 community locations across Nova Scotia. We are seeking 10 students from each location and surrounding area:

Halifax
Antigonish
Mabou
Iona
Sydney

The program will consist of 3 weekend sessions held at the Gaelic College at the beginning, middle, and end of the program, and regular day sessions held in the community locations every second weekend.

Mentorship: Students will be paired with a language mentor, a Gaelic speaker from their community who they will meet with regularly throughout the program.

Please email Colin MacDonald with any questions you may have about the program: colin@gaeliccollege.edu


Na Gaisgich Òga | The Young Heroes Program 2021-22

An Clàr-ama | Schedule

Date

Time

Location

AN T-SULTAIN | SEPTEMBER

September 24th – 26th       *All Weekend

Arrive: 7pm Friday     Depart: 3pm Sunday

Colaisde na Gàidhlig

AN DÀMHAIR | OCTOBER

Sunday, October 3rd

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, October 7th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, October 10th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, October 14th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, October 17th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, October 21st

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, October 24th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, October 28th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

NO SESSION: Sunday, October 31st – Halloween

AN T-SAMHAIN | NOVEMBER

Thursday, November 4th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, November 7th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

NO SESSION: Thursday, November 11th - Remembrance Day

Sunday, November 14th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, November 18th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, November 21st

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, November 25th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, November 28th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

AN DÙBHLACHD | DECEMBER

Thursday, December 2nd

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, December 5th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, December 9th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, December 12th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, December 16th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

~ AN NOLLAIG | CHRISTMAS BREAK ~

AM FAOILLEACH | JANUARY

Sunday, January 9th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, January 13th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, January 16th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, January 20th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

January 21st – 23rd           *All Weekend

Arrive: 7pm Friday      Depart: 3pm Sunday

Colaisde na Gàidhlig

Thursday, January 27th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, January 30th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

AN GEARRAN | FEBRUARY

Thursday, February 3rd

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, February 6th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, February 10th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

NO SESSIONS: February 13th & 17th - Week-long Break

Sunday, February 20th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, February 24th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, February 27th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

AM MÀRT | MARCH

Thursday, March 3rd

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, March 6th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, March 10th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, March 13th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

NO SESSION: Thursday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day

Sunday, March 20th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, March 24th

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

Sunday, March 27th

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

Thursday, March 31st

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Community

AN GIBLEAN | APRIL

April 3rd (Spare if needed)

3:00pm – 6:00pm

Community

April 8th – 10th  Weekend Session

Arrive: 7pm Friday     Depart: 3pm Sunday

Colaisde na Gàidhlig

  • Motivate students to learn, enjoy, share, and champion Gaelic Nova Scotia
  • Provide young learners with an opportunity to be immersed in Gaelic language and culture
  • Bring students closer to functional fluency in the language
  • Cultivate a sense of identity as young Gaels living in Nova Scotia
  • Enlighten youth to become aware and to respect inter-generational learning opportunities in regards to Gaelic cultural acquisition
  • Develop an awareness in youth of the unique opportunity they have to contribute to the growth of the language
  • Open to Nova Scotians ages 10 – 16
  • Applicant must live near to one of the community locations: Halifax, Antigonish, Mabou, Iona, or Sydney
  • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to the Gaelic language and culture in Nova Scotia
  • Must demonstrate the intention to use Gaelic every day and to pass it on to others (family, friends)
  • Applicant will need support from family in regards to speaking Gaelic and cultural learning
  • Parents/Guardians must be willing to assist with transportation to group sessions and visits with the applicant’s mentor.
  • Tuition is $500
  • Participants will complete 100 hours of Gaelic immersion, and 60 hours of cultural learning in English
  • Participants spend 5 hours per month with their language mentor selected by the program coordinators.
  • Participants must keep track of hours spent with their mentors, and what material was covered.
  • Students who have already completely the program are welcome to apply again.

For more information, contact Gaelic Director Colin MacDonald at colin@gaeliccollege.edu.