Jacey Firth-Hagen has launched a social media campaign using the hashtag #SpeakGwichinToMe. "We don't have time to wait for another generation or so to really work on bringing the Gwich'in language back to being spoken more," says Firth-Hagen.
With increased interest in promoting historical and cultural preservation, Pasifika Renaissance is inviting individuals to document oral traditions from knowledgeable elders in their villages or islands using video. Participants are being asked to record their findings and upload their videos to the group’s YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnmyAfrAD0u4MpUF9jLgjag or by searching for their name on the site. Topics of focus include elder narrations of legends, folk tales, colonial
Stepping into the Saskatoon Inn during the First Nations Language Keepers Conference is like walking into the Tower of Babel. Each step brings a new language. Greetings are said in Saulteaux, while stories are shared in Cree and ideas are explored in Dene. There are even a couple of the few remaining Tsuut'ina speakers exchanging pleasantries at a table. Hundreds of people gathered at the conference to promote indigenous languages in hopes of keeping the words and, by extension, the cultures alive.
Valerie Switzler grew up on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation hearing family members speak Kiksht, the Wasco language. When her great-aunt, one of the last speakers of Kiksht, died in 2006, Switzler decided to go back to school and devote her professional life to preserving indigenous languages. Switzler earned her master’s degree in global indigenous nation studies and now works as the culture and heritage manager for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Next week
With a life expectancy gap of about 10 years and poor health outcomes, some health services look towards new forms of technology to bridge the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health services in Australia.
Seven Oaks School Division wants to hear from parents who would like to enrol their kids in Ojibwe, Cree or Michif immersion classes next September. And it may be time to take a serious look at introducing Tagalog immersion to the curriculum, Seven Oaks superintendent Brian O’Leary said.
An outback publishing house – a little room attached to a school in remote Wadeye – is producing books in local languages to improve literacy by teaching children to read in their original language first.
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