International Women's Day, girls in language

The Girls and Women Revitalising Canada's Indigenous Languages

It was International Women’s Day this past Sunday 8 March and in honour of the day we’re looking at some incredible females who are doing all they can for their native languages.

The Girls and Women Revitalising Canada's Indigenous Languages

Celebrating Indigenous Women Who Are Reclaiming and Revitalising Their Languages

Image courtesy of Marion Konwanénhon Delaronde and Karihwiióstha Callie Montour
Image courtesy of Marion Konwanénhon Delaronde and Karihwiióstha Callie Montour

In light of International Women’s Day which was this past Sunday, March 8, CBC News in Canada put together an article celebrating a number of Indigenous women and their plight to preserve and revitalise their traditional languages.

“Indigenous women are often regarded as traditional keepers of language and culture. CBC News speaks with seven women who are making changes, both big and small, in their lives, communities, and nations when it comes to the reclamation, revitalization, and preservation of Indigenous languages."

 Image courtesy of Belinda Daniels
Image courtesy of Belinda Daniels

These inspiring women are coming at their language and culture from all walks of life, but have one main goal in mind; to ensure their culture, and in turn languages are celebrated, recognised and continued on for generations to come.

Read more here

Lake Research Video Translate into Ojibway to Help Promote Language As Well As Science

 Image courtesy of Emma Bruyere
Image courtesy of Emma Bruyere

A year 9 student in Ontario, Canada has narrated an environmental science video into Ojibway, its creators are hoping this will help to create more interest in the language amongst young people.

Funded by the Canadian Heritage Fund, the Ojibway narrated video details the work of the International Institute for Sustainable Developments (IISD) and their research into “mercury contamination in freshwater ecosystems."

Pauline Gerrard, deputy director of IISD believes that producing videos in native, local languages will help to promote the culture and language of Canada’s First Nation’s people.

Watch the video here

Emma Bruyere, the voice behind the narration is from the Couchiching First Nation is “happy to know that there are efforts being made to preserve the Ojibway language."

Read more here

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