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The Native Council of PEI using technology to teach and and preserve indigenous language – The Guardian

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 2019130 Views


When Sarah Bernard started her promotions and event co-ordinator job at the Native Council of P.E.I., she knew preserving her grandparent’s and parent’s language would be one of her top priorities.

“My mother remembers asking my grandmother why she wasn’t teaching her (Mi’kmaq), and she told my mom, ‘English is what will move you forward in life, Mi’kmaq isn’t’. My mom was seven or eight years old at the time,” she said.

“But because my grandparents went to residential schools, where they were taught at a young age that it was bad for them to speak that language, they were trying to protect her.”

So, she approached her colleague, Mi’kmaq language, drumming and telling our stories co-ordinator Starr Bennett, about producing videos teaching and promoting Mi’kmaq to a wider audience.

Bernard had the idea after seeing other communities post Mi’kmaq words weekly, usually with a picture to illustrate what the word means.

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