Indigenous Language Revitalization

"I feel stronger, more powerful, wiser..." This is how one language speaker describes the personal impact of learning his mother tongue. This collection explores the efforts underway to reclaim Indigenous languages in Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities throughout Canada.

  • 2018
  • 13-14
  • 14 Titles

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True North Calling New Beginnings

A TV producer in Iqaluit struggles to make a show entirely in Inuktitut as the farmers get a long-awaited addition to the farm.
  • 2017
  • 00:21:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/23/2017

Unreserved Speaking Ojibwe an 'act of defiance' says 19-year-old language teacher

Aandeg Muldrew, 19, is the University of Manitoba's youngest sessional instructor, teaching introductory Ojibwe. Muldrew, who lives in Winnipeg, started learning the language from his grandmother when he was 10. Given the history of languages lost after colonization and residential schools, speaking the language is "almost like an act of defiance," he says. Speaking Ojibwe is a way of "reconciling ...
  • 2018
  • 00:08:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/13/2018

News in Review - October 2002 Survival of the Inuktitut Language

Through the forces of modernization, the Inuit in Northern Canada are losing their language. We follow attempts to connect people from all areas where Inuktitut is spoken in a campaign to revitalize and preserve their native means of communication.
  • 2002
  • 00:14:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/15/2002

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  • Survival of the Inuktitut Language

True North Calling The Future

A young woman scrambles to finish a TV show against all the hurdles the north provides, while everyone else prepares for the next season.
  • 2017
  • 00:21:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/23/2017

CANAdooDAday The Longest Named Place in Canada

An animated song celebrating the Cree language and how it’s the root of many of the names of Canada’s places, including Pekwachnamaykoskwaskwaypinwanik Lake.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:43
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/23/2017

The National Words of the Elders: Saving Aboriginal Languages

Arvid Charlie is among the last generation raised speaking Hul'qumi'num, the Coast Salish language spoken by the Cowichan people in BC. Like most of the 88 aboriginal languages in Canada, Hul'qumi'num is teetering on the brink of extinction. For elders like Arvid, sharing and documenting the language is a race against time. Their work embraces new technologies so that the ...
  • 2009
  • 00:13:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013