International & Heritage Languages Association

Enjoy the 2017 Mother Language Day Celebration !

About Mother Language Day (MLD)


UNESCO declared that the first Mother Language Day be held on February 21, 1999. IHLA has been celebrating UNESCO's mandate of pluralingualism for 15 years. Our organization marks this annual special event in 2 separate ways: our MLD book and our MLD celebration. Both of these events are intended for students to showcase their multilingualism and learn about different languages and cultures. 


In 2018 IHLA celebrates on February 24th at the Italian Cultural Centre. Can't wait to see you there!

This year marks IHLA’s 15th Annual MLD celebration! In order to mark this achievement, IHLA is hosting a special contest!

IHLA is asking students to design a cover for our annual MLD book. There are 4 categories: early childhood to Grade 2, Grades 3-6, Grades 7-9, and Grades 10 to adult. IHLA will select a lucky winner from each category to appear on the front and back, outside and inside covers.  The winners will be selected based on three criteria: adherence to this year’s MLD theme, originality, and personal expression. Schools will collect all of the entries and select one winner from each category. They will then email the winning entries from each category to edmontonihla2@gmail.com. Members of the IHLA Board will select chose one entry from each category from among those entries submitted. Winners will be announced at this year’s MLD celebration on February 24, 2018.

The theme for the 2018 MLD Day and the 2018 MLD book is Two Cultures Together. This theme can be interpreted in many different ways. You can compare differences between your heritage community and Canada, You can share about how someone from your country made a difference in Canada or how a Canadian made a difference in your family’s former country. It can be about your family’s journey to Canada. You can share about the interconnectedness of our world. Really, your imagination is the limit!


4 categories:
Early childhood to Grade 2

Grades 3-6,
Grades 7-9,
Grades 10 to adult


Submit by December 15th, 2017 to edmontonihla2@gmail.com!