Not too late for aboriginal languages
Next week, in St-Sauveur, Quebec, near Montreal, the First Nations Education Council is holding its second aboriginal language conference to discuss how to save and revive aboriginal languages.
Only three of Canada’s aboriginal languages, Cree, Inuktitut and Ojibway, are considered to have enough speakers not to be at risk of extinction. At least 12 languages are in danger of disappearing and 10 have completely died out in the last century.
“There is an urgent need for developing concrete measures and taking action so that our people do not simply become a footnote of history,” said Ghislain Picard, the regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador.
During the conference, several language preservation projects are to be presented. For more information on the conference, go to www.cepn-fnec.com.