VANCOUVER, May 6 /CNW/ - The First People's Cultural Foundation and the
Mining Association of BC (MABC) announced today that MABC will
contribute a total of $125,000 over the next three years to assist the
First People's Cultural Foundation with the documentation and renewal
of endangered First Nations languages in BC.
"Language is a cornerstone of culture and identity. By investing in
language and culture, we invest in stronger and prouder communities,"
said Pierre Gratton, President and CEO of MABC. "It is also an
investment in education, in youth and thus in the future success of
BC's First Nations. In this, we all benefit."
"Support for FPCF is also an opportunity to help restore to BC First
Nations that which was taken through the tragic experience of
residential schools, which contributed significantly to the reduction
of First Nation language speakers," added Gratton.
The First People's Cultural Foundation will be able to leverage MABC's
funding contribution to secure other funding from government partners.
"Language is the heart of our culture. It is how our elders can teach
our young people about the land and our traditional ways," says First
Peoples' Board Chair Pauline Terbasket. "The young people learning
these languages are the future leaders of our communities, and they
need to understand our past to make the right choices about our
future," she added.
"Language, land, and culture are too tightly bound to be separated,"
says Board Vice Chair Dan Smith, an executive member of the BC First
Nations Summit. "We are pleased to see the mining industry come forward
to support our community goals."
Endangered languages are a subject of concern around the world and are
in danger of becoming extinct in British Columbia. The FPCF is
committed to saving indigenous languages and working with First Nations
to preserve their culture.
The donation will be used to support language archiving around the
province and reach out to First Nations to support the renewal of First
SOURCE Mining Association of BC
For further information:
Pierre Gratton, MABC President &CEO, 604-681-4321, ext. 120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Zoë Younger, MABC VP Corporate Affairs, 604-681-4321 ext 116 email@example.com
Ian Batey, Executive Director, 250-216-1429 or firstname.lastname@example.org