Why My Métis Grandfather Spent A Lifetime Denying His Heritage
When I was seven years old, I listened as my father questioned my grandfather over the kitchen table about rumours he had heard growing up that hinted at “Indian blood” in our family. My grandfather, unmoved, rejected any such notion. He emphatically declared: he was not Métis, but rather was French, “through and through.
Comedian shares learning his traditional language on podcast series
“Paul Anishinaabemo (Speaks Ojibwe)” is a new podcast series by Paul Rabliauskas and his mother Sophia Rabliaukas. Paul Rabliaukas is a comedian from Poplar First Nation in Northern Manitoba, and he has sat with his mother every Sunday this month at her kitchen table to learn Anishinaabemowin.
Google Translate’s Exclusion Of Indigenous Languages A ‘Squandered’ Opportunity
A petition requesting Google add one of Canada’s most common Indigenous languages to its Translate app is gaining traction. The petition had more than 1,600 signatures as of Tuesday.
Survey data sheds light on Indigenous languages, traditional activities across Canada’s North Less than one in 10 Indigenous Yukoners can speak or understand an Indigenous language, and young people across the North were far less likely to understand even a few words than their parents’ generation.
COMMENTARY: When it comes to vaccines, Canada needs to earn Indigenous, Black people's trust
I’m a Black and Mi’kmaw journalist originally from Elsipogtog First Nation, and knowing the history of colonization of Turtle Island, and the abuse and systemic racism vulnerable populations have endured in the health-care system, one can understand why my communities may be hesitant of the vaccines now available in Canada for COVID-19.
A bit of the Nakota language died with Armand McArthur
Language is taken for granted by most, a form of communication many learn at a young age and develop through their years of living. Canadians are known for their use of English and French, but there are far more languages native to this land that are kept alive by the people who were here first.
Linguist says more COVID-19 education needed in Mi'kmaw language
As variant strains of the coronavirus spread quickly in many parts of Canada, a Mi'kmaw elder is worried that important information about COVID-19 could get lost in translation. Terms like variant, B117 and mRNA simply don't exist in the Mi'kmaw language, said linguist Bernie Francis, who helped create the writing system for the oral language.