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The upriver battle of revitalizing the Wolastoqey language – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 20199 Views

Logan Perley explores what needs to happen to keep his traditional language alive

Dec 02, 2019

In the spring of 2018, I found myself sitting in a room full of strangers introducing themselves to each other.

I was in New York City for a Global Indigenous Youth Caucus planning meeting before the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Most of the people in the room were introducing themselves in their Indigenous language.

As the introductions made their way around the room and came closer to me, I could feel my anxiety mounting. It was my turn.

“My name is Logan Perley. I’m Wolastoqey from New Brunswick, Canada.”

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