Indigenous Language in Education program receives $6M from AB

November 28, 2018

The Government of Alberta has announced the Indigenous Language in Education grant program. The program will see AB invest $6M to increase the number of teachers versed in First Nation languages and expand resource development for early childhood education and K-12 classes. “This new flow of money gives us a chance for us to actually do some real hard study and gather more information for pedagogy, so it's a very important flow of money we've never had before,” said Bruce Starlight, the language commissioner for the Tsuut'ina Nation and one of 29 people in the world who can speak the Tsuut’ina language fluently. “There's a lot of interest from the young people, trying to find their identity. It's part self-esteem, nationhood and all of that, it's all moulded into our culture. If you don't have your language, it's pretty difficult to live your culture. In our worldview, everything is contained in language.” CBC | Nation Talk