Nipissing First Nation Chief says Indigenous languages revitalization is critical Comedian shares learning his traditional language on podcast series The Chief of the Nipissing First Nation, west of North Bay, said that he is all for a federal government program, which aims to help Indigenous-led efforts to reclaim, revitalize, maintain and strengthen Indigenous languages. Chief Scott McLeod said that he fully supports the fed’s announcement earlier this month which commits $10 million to fund 78 Indigenous languages programs across Ontario. That’s part of $60 million that the Government of Canada is investing in Indigenous languages programs across the country. The Chief said he has not yet heard how much of that funding will make its way to his community.
10 Indigenous Firsts Indigenous peoples have contributed greatly to Canadian society, culture and politics. Despite facing discrimination, racial segregation and policies of assimilation, Indigenous peoples have fought to make this country a better place for all, and to protect their own Indigenous cultures. From leaders in the fields of medicine and law, to war veterans, chiefs and politicians, many Indigenous peoples have risen to the top of their respective fields, championing a variety of causes. This list of 10 Indigenous “firsts” celebrates those trailblazers who were the first in their profession to make historic accomplishments in Canada.
Modernization plan of Official Languages Act fails Inuit in their homelands Newly re-elected Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Aluki Kotierk is disappointed but not surprised that the plan to modernize the Official Languages Act is “similar” to when it was created in 1969 and made Canada an officially bilingual country.
Self-Governing First Nations in Yukon There are 14 First Nations inYukon. Eleven of these nations are self-governing, while the remaining three are governed under theIndian Act. The 11 self-governing First Nations have legislative and executive powers much like a province&nor territory. In 1993, they signed the Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA) with the governments of Canada and Yukon. The UFA served as the foundation for individual self-governing agreements made between each First Nation and the territorial and federal governments. These individual agreements were signed between 1993 and 2006. (See also Comprehensive Land Claims.) While the focus of this article is the 11 self-governing First Nations, the remaining three First Nations in Yukon are White River, Liard and Ross River.
Nova Scotia indigenous couple teaches the cast of Vikings to speak in Mi'kmaw The Mi’kmaw language – an indigenous language spoken by nearly 9,000 people in Canada – was incorporated into the sixth season of Vikings, thanks to an Eskasoni couple from Nova Scotia who made it happen. History Channel’s TV show Vikings tells a story about the adventures of renowned Norse hero Ragnar Lothbrok and his people in the year 800. Apart from other plot lines, the sixth and final season unfolds around the Vikings’ trips to North America, where they face the Beothuk, aboriginal people of Newfoundland who have now long been extinct.
Indigenous languages projects get boost in latest round of federal funding When the Woodland Cultural Centre was founded nearly 50 years ago, its mandate was to repair damages caused to Haudenosaunee culture and languages by the residential school system's long standing legacy.
Change to assisted dying law overlooks Nunavut's mental health crisis, say advocates Nunavut wellness advocates say Canada needs to consider Nunavut voices on changes to the medically assisted dying program. In two years, federal legislation will expand assisted dying to people with a severe mental illness. Medically assisted deaths have been legal in Canada since 2016, but only for people whose death is imminent. Bill C-7 expands the service to people who are very sick and suffering, but not likely to die.
Pabineau First Nation Elder Gilbert Sewell dies at 81 Gilbert Sewell, a Mi'kmaw elder known for his dedication to language instruction, has died. He was 81. Sewell, from Pabineau First Nation, was a storyteller, woodcarver, guide and oral historian. He taught courses designed to teach young Mi'kmaq their native language.