BRIDGEWATER, NS, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Gerald Keddy, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament (South Shore-St.
Margaret's), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support to
the Mi'kmaq Burial Grounds Research & Restoration Association (MBGRR)
for a Mi'kmaq language project.
"This program will be a great opportunity for the Mi'kmaq language to be
seen and heard within the community," said Mr. Keddy. "Our Government
is pleased to support a project that will have a positive impact on
this community today and for generations to come."
This funding will allow the MBGRR to offer an intensive language
training program to 20 participants. The program will have four phases
and extend over a nine-month period. Phase 1 will be a five-day
language immersion retreat, and phase 2 will be a Sunday language class
lasting for 30 weeks. Phases 3 and 4 will consist of activities and
tools that will enhance participants' speaking, listening, and reading
"Our Government recognizes the importance of First Nations, Inuit, and
Métis languages and cultures for Aboriginal communities and for all
Canadians," said Minister Glover. "They are an integral part of
Canada's identity, and we continue to support Aboriginal communities in
their efforts to revitalize and preserve them."
"Our focus is to engage groups of families who want to learn how to
speak and continue to speak their Mi'kmaq language, and we would like
to offer a heartfelt thank you, wela'lin, to Canadian Heritage for accepting our Mi'kmaq language proposal. With
this funding, we are able to continue our work in reviving our Mi'kmaq
language and culture in the Maritimes, our great and native land," said
Délina Petit Pas, Chairperson of the MBGRRA Board of Directors.
"Learning to speak our Mi'kmaq language will give us the opportunity to
listen to our oral history as it was handed down to us since the
beginning of our time. Every word in Mi'kmaq has a profound—almost
poetic—meaning that is in depth and extremely significant to keeping
our tradition and spirituality alive."
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $66,060 through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Aboriginal Peoples' Program. The objective of ALI is to support community-based language projects
that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal
languages and increase their use in community settings.
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SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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