Saskatchewan schools expanding Indigenous language instruction

Sask students participating in a Cree language class

The move is an effort to “preserve and grow” Indigenous languages

 

 

Saskatchewan students will soon have more opportunities to learn Indigenous languages.

School divisions across the province will be able to offer Dene, Michif and Saulteaux (Nakawêmowin) courses , starting next fall.

The provincial government made the announcement in response to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action.

“Reconciliation is about recognizing past wrongs, making sure those wrongs are not repeated and choosing to move forward together to build a better future, this renewed effort to acknowledge the significance of Indigenous languages and expand learning opportunities is an important step in creating inclusive learning environments for students and a meaningful step toward reconciliation in Saskatchewan. One day we hope to see all the linguistic groups throughout these territories represented and accessible in our schools so all our grandchildren will see themselves in their classrooms.”

- Saskatchewan Treaty Commissioner Mary Culbertson

 

Cree was already offered province-wide, while the languages being added were taught in locally developed courses based on student needs.

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