Bilingual education in Indigenous languages is a right, benefits students: Telloch

September 5, 2018

“Research tells us that bilingual education is the best possible education,” writes University of Winnipeg Chair and Associate Professor Shelley Tulloch, “but Canadian census results, and parents’ experiences, suggest that some Indigenous children educated in an Indigenous language are struggling.” Tulloch cautions against blaming the language of instruction for these struggles, and argues that “knowing their language and culture reinforces Indigenous youths’ sense of belonging to family, community and culture.” Tulloch highlights that Indigenous-language education is a right listed in a number of declarations and agreements, and raises evidence around the broad benefits of learning in two languages. Tulloch concludes by calling for key stakeholders to ensure that the best possible education is available to all children. The Province