Cape Breton study centre offers Gaelic project support

COMHAIRLE na Gàidhlig (The Gaelic Council of Nova Scotia) and the Nova Scotia Highland Village have announced a partnership with Cape Breton University's Centre for Cape Breton Studies for the final phase of the Cainnt mo Mhàthar project.

The three-year project, organized by Comhairle na Gidhlig, has produced video and audio recordings of Nova Scotia's Gaelic tradition-bearers in their own homes.

The Highland Village has recently donated two additional compilations of song and conversation recordings. The Cainnt mo Mhthar collection now boasts more than 40 hours of material. These recordings will provide an invaluable resource for Gaelic learners and educators alike.

The Centre for Cape Breton Studies offers use of their new Digitization Lab and Music Performance Analysis Room to support preparation of the collection for the World Wide Web.

The Centre's director, Richard MacKinnon explains that the Cainnt mo Mhthar project is consistent with the Centre's mandate, "to support worthwhile community-based initiatives, particularly those involved with the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage".

The Cainnt mo Mhthar website ( will be online in June 2008. The site will feature portraits of participants by Cape Breton native Ryan MacDonald. Photography from the Cainnt mo Mhthar project will also be on exhibit during the 2008 Celtic Colours International Festival.