Module 1 Post 3 – Aboriginal Languages

Since language is such an important part of culture, I was wondering what sort of programming was available to provide learning to students in their own language.

Senator Nick Sibbeston has a webpage which is an overview of aboriginal language immersion programs. It is the summary of a study that was done, although there is no date on this webpage.
http://sen.parl.gc.ca/nsibbeston/aboriginal_language.htm

There is also a study performed by the Government of Manitoba about offering aboriginal languages in schools which looks at the state of the province in 2001 and lays out a list of concerns for a wider incorporation of language programs.
http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/abedu/ablang.pdf

The Chiefs of Ontario also published a document in 2004 outlining changes that need to be made for the implementation of language programs.
http://www.chiefs-of-ontario.org/sites/default/files/files/First%20Nations%20Languages%20and%20Education%20in%20Ontario.pdf

The Northwest Territories goes even further by holding a symposium on implementing aboriginal languages throughout territorial programs.
http://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/files/Language/aboriginal_languages_symposium_final_report_may_2013.pdf

Catherine

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