ACAD, Tsuut’ina Nation partner to deliver course in Dené language

September 18, 2018

The Alberta College of Art + Design and ACAD’s Lodgepole Center have partnered with the Tsuut’ina Nation to help revitalize the traditional Dené language. A new 10 week course led by Tsuut’ina Language Commissioner Elder Bruce Starlight is open to the general public and is being offered for free. “The foundation of Indigenous art has always been in individual thought. There are no two designs in the traditional beadwork. The creators of the designs often spend hours drawing and redrawing patterns,” said Starlight. “Understanding and appreciating yourself through language is a stepping stone to creativity.” Public demand for the course is reportedly quite strong, with all available seats filled before the registration cut-off date. “ACAD is proud that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations and our responsibility to them as a post-secondary institution are being demonstrated through the offering of this course,” stated Lodgepole Centre Indigenous Coordinator Tina Kinnee-Brown. ACAD