Why it is best to educate Indigenous students in Indigenous languages

August 22, 2018

While Canadian census data indicates that some Indigenous children educated in an Indigenous language are struggling, research continues to demonstrate the benefits of bilingual education, writes Chad Hipolito. The author offers five key points for understanding the benefits and importance of bilingual education for Indigenous students. First, he writes about how education in their own language is a right that Indigenous groups have fought for throughout Canada’s history. Also, research continues to show that learning two languages leads to better brain functioning. Hipolito concludes that learning an Indigenous language is also about much more than just language learning; it bolsters a student’s sense of identity and brings them closer to their parents and community, setting them up for success throughout life. Evidence Network (CP)