Here is the ninth Daily Fact from the We Stand Together campaign. I hope everyone is enjoying increasing awareness of Aboriginal health. Please take the time to read the additional links and information and please watch the video I have included. Please click on the colored underlined links for further explanations. I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts and experiences and receiving your feedback.
DAILY FACT #7 from We Stand Together:
This 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.
- In 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Technology is helping to keep SENĆOŦEN alive. In what ways is it helping, according to the video?
- 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?
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For today’s Daily Fact I would like to share some information about my language, A total of 83,475 people with “mother tongues ” still speak Cree languages. Cree Syllabics are still used today in schools and within families as a writing of the Cree language. One of the major loses has been Aboriginal languages due to the Residential school system, Aboriginal children attending these schools were forbidden to speak their native languages. One of my future goals is to learn the Cree language!!
I am very honoured to be able to share the Daily Facts and raising awareness! from the We Stand Together campaign . Come join me tomorrow for Fact #10!!! Thank you for taking the time to learn about Aboriginal language!! Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter and share the daily facts with friends and family. Thank you again, I look forward to any comments and feedback!!
Shelby LePage xoxo