Language revitalization projects highlighted

October 22, 2014

Language revitalization efforts are in full-swing in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, and Listuguj First Nation in Quebec. In Cambridge Bay, Inuinnaqtun language courses are offered by the Pirurvik Centre for Inuit Language, Culture and Wellbeing. The program is offered in partnership with the Nunavut government, with learners able to enrol in beginner or advanced courses. Pirurvik is also offering Inuktitut language courses in other communities across the territory. In QC, the Listuguj Education Directorate has partnered with McGill University on a Mi’gmaq revitalization project. Language classes are taught in the community over the summer, with many people dedicated to the revitalization of the Mi’gmaq language and culture. As one McGill student involved in the summer program noted, “it is not just knowledge that is passed down. Stories, poetry and music hold their roots in language. These are not merely pastimes or entertainments, they form vital connections to the past—to what life used to be like, how it has changed and where it might go.” Nunatsiaq Online | McGill Reporter