Adults shamed for speaking Indigenous languages hold key to revival
CBC – Oct 30, 2016
There's a generation of Indigenous people across Canada who were once shamed for speaking their own language. Now, people who didn't learn their mother tongue from their parents are key to saving and revitalizing the languages, British Columbia researchers say. Two University of Victoria Indigenous languages experts, whose own parents did not speak their languages at home, are moving to bridge the language gap with a mentor-apprentice program that teaches adults.
NAN EDUCATION INSTITUTE RENAMED IN HONOUR OF CHANIE WENJACK
News Release – Oct 28, 2016
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, with the support of NAN Chiefs, is pleased to announce the renaming of the Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute in honour of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack on the 50th anniversary of his tragic death…
Queen’s gives Indigenous names to 12 campus study rooms
The Whig – Oct 28, 2016
Queen's University has announced that it will give Indigenous names to 12 rooms in its Stauffer Library in an effort to increase the visibility of Indigenous culture on its campus and make these rooms more welcoming for Indigenous students. Seven of the rooms are named after the Seven Grandfather Teachings in Anishinaabe, while five of the rooms have names from Mohawk, Cree, Michif (Metis), Mi'kmaq and Inuktitut languages. “The assigning of indigenous names to 12 study rooms in the Stauffer Library, the symbolic and physical centre of study and learning, make an important statement that Indigenous presence is recognized at the heart of the university,” said Marlene Brant Castelano, co-chair and elder of the school's Aboriginal Council. “University spaces have not been perceived by Indigenous peoples as a welcoming place where their identity and knowledge is respected.”
NU officials speak out against school policies preventing student from speaking Inuktitut
CBC - Oct 26, 2016
"We are in 2016. All teachers should be told that the language of Inuktitut should be promoted — not stopped," replied MLA Paul Okalik in Inuktitut when he heard that a Nunavut teacher had ordered a Grade 8 student to not speak Inuktitut. MLA David Joanasie suggests that an alleged school policy against speaking the language appears to have arisen out of concern about bullying occurring in Inuktitut, which English-speaking teachers may not be able to understand. Nunavut Education Minister Paul Quassa called for an investigation into the matter, stating that “once we learn of the actual details, we will review the case with the teachers to ensure that language is not used for this type of disciplinary action since language should not be a reason.
Sault creates designated smudging areas, including boardroom
SooToday - Oct 27, 2016
Sault College has announced the creation of designated areas throughout its campus where Indigenous students can freely hold smudging ceremonies without needing to submit a request to the school’s administration. Among the designated areas is the college’s boardroom, where elders Ted Recollet and Barbara Nolan performed a smudging ceremony at the school’s most recent board of governors meeting. Sault Vice President, Corporate and Student Services Janice Beatty says that signs will be placed at every designated smudging area so that individuals with allergies and other unpleasant reactions to smoke may be aware that smudging might occur. The college’s Director of Native Education and Academic Upgrading, Carolyn Hepburn, adds, “I just want to thank the college for moving in this direction, smudging within postsecondary institutions has been quite a hot topic provincially, it does come with its challenges but I think this is a really great move in the right direction for us.”