Champagne and Aishihik First Nations developing immersive language program

July 26, 2017

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in the Yukon are developing a Southern Tutchone immersive language program in order to restore the number of speakers to its former levels. CBC reports that the federal government increased funding for Indigenous language programming in the country’s territories, and that in the Yukon, the 11 self-governing First Nations receive the money to administer themselves. “The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations government really, truly believes that having a strong language and cultural foundation, really enables our young people to be way, way more successful than previous generations,” said Chief Steve Smith. The program will be modelled on a 17-year-old immersive language program offered by the Mohawk Kahnawà:ke Reserve, and aims to begin at the beginning of January with eight students. CBC