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It would be impossible to exaggerate the importance of this Petition, upon which, I passionately believe, the future of the Scots language, spoken by an estimated 30% of Scotland's population, may largely depend.


"Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to extend Question 16 and amend Question 18 of Section 4.8.3 Language in "Scotland's Census 2011 - Recommendations on Content", as set out or similar to that shown below right, to ensure democratic representation of the Scots language and protect the cultural / linguistic rights of Scotland's estimated 1.5 million Scots speakers".

Marguerite Cruickshank
with the support of
Moray Tourism Development Group

Keith & Strathisla Regeneration Partnership
Keith Tourism Action Group
Keith Community Council
Strathisla Community Council

Aberdeen & Region Oral History Association

Fit Aboot Us?   (What About Us?)

(Scotland's estimated 1.5 million Scots Speakers)

Planning for Scotland's Census 2011 is well under way, but sadly, yet again, as will be seen below, the language has not been democratically represented.   As matters stand at present (23 November 2009) the current layout (below left) is to be put before the Scottish Parliament by the General Register Office for Scotland THIS  MONTH  and voted on in JANUARY  2010.   The layout (below right) or something very similar, is WHAT  SCOTS  LANGUAGE  SUPPORTERS  WOULD LIKE TO SEE.

What Scots Language Supporters Would Like to See

 This impassioned plea is an attempt to harness support for our vibrant, distinctive and much-loved language (1) to ensure democratic representation, (2) as a fitting legacy of Homecoming Year and lasting tribute to Burns, (3) as a hugely important first step in increasing the confidence of Scots speakers and (4) to ensure that discrimination in the classroom against Scots speaking children will eventually be consigned to history.

 Promises were made and broken in 2001.   Without accurate data, it will be impossible to plan for the language's future.   Being properly represented in the Census is therefore crucial to its survival.

To Register Your Support
The e-Petition below invites you to support the above by adding your name and address. Please note that:
(1) Although your name and address will be submitted to the Public Petitions Committee, only your name, town  and country can be viewed on-line.
(2) Your signature may not appear for approx 48 hours.
(3) Although your support will not be acknowledged, it is very much appreciated.

 Please complete the following, then click SIGN

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Name: Marguerite Cruickshank from KEITH Scotland
Name: Pam MacKinnon from Edinburgh Scotland
Name: Kerry Maver from KEITH Scotland
Name: Keith Maver from KEITH Scotland
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