My friend, Alfred Cyr, told me that the elders told him, "If you don't know how to pray, walk. Then you'll learn how to pray."
Thursday, March 7, 2013
We Stand Together Fact #9
choosing to stand together! Here is Daily Fact #9:
are over 50 First Nations languages in
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are also issues backgrounders, lesson plans and other great resources on the We
Stand Together Resources webpage!
vignette was filmed with the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nation, in British Columbia.
Their traditional language is called SENĆOŦEN, and is endangered. The W̱SÁNEĆ
School Board, together with the FirstVoices program for revitalizing Aboriginal
languages, is working to teach a new generation to speak SENĆOŦEN.
the video, it is said that there are only eight people who speak SENĆOŦEN very
well (there are about 1750 people living in the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation communities). Why
do you think that is? 2. The
SENĆOŦEN language is endangered. What impacts would losing their language have
on the W̱SÁNEĆ Nation? What would it (or does it) mean to you to no longer speak
the language your parents or grandparents speak? 3. In
the video, people talk about the pride and the wisdom that go along with
speaking your traditional language. What does that mean to you? How does a
language help connect you to your culture? 4.
Technology is helping to keep SENĆOŦEN alive. In what ways is it helping,
according to the video? 5. At
the end of the video, it is said that there are ways that we can all work
together as a country to help make Canada a better place. What are some ways we
can use language and technology to do that?