OTTAWA, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - According to the CBC, "Statistics Canada
says only three aboriginal languages in Canada — Cree, Ojibwa and
Inuktitut — remain viable." That may be so, but apparently not if First
Nations youth on-reserves and in northern communities right across
Canada have anything to say about it.
According to the latest national report of the First Nations Regional
Health Survey (RHS), 86% of youth (12 to 17 years old) living in nearly
every First Nation and northern community felt that learning their own
Indigenous language was "very important" or "somewhat important."
In fact, more than half (56.3%) of First Nations youth across Canada
reported speaking or understanding their own languages.
RHS is produced by the First Nations Information Governance Centre, an
Ottawa-based non-governmental organization. The RHS findings indicate
that while pressures continue to threaten First Nations languages,
youth on-reserve and in northern communities are committed to learning
their own languages.
More than one-third of First Nations youth spoke their own languages
sometime during each day.
"Our survey shows that First Nations youth seem to have a hunger for, a
longing to learn their own languages," says Jane Gray. She's the
National Projects Manager for the First Nations Regional Health Survey,
"More than 4 of every 5 First Nations youth feel that learning their own
First Nations languages is either 'very important' or 'somewhat
important' to themselves and to their First Nation," says Gray.
"Young people have been telling us this for some time now at meetings
and gatherings. Our Health survey shows that this isn't just wishful
thinking. It's a reality, and it's being driven by those First Nations
SOURCE The First Nations Information Governance Centre
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