Canada’s New Government Supports Mic Mac and Maliseet Languages
WOODSTOCK, New Brunswick, March 31, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac) today announced $232,470 in funding for the Assembly of First Nations Regional Office, of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, to revitalize and promote the Mic Mac and Maliseet languages.
“Canada’s New Government supports the preservation and promotion of First Nations, Inuit and Métis languages,” said Minister Oda. “Language is a critical component for maintaining and transmitting cultural identity.””I am proud that our Government is supporting this project to promote the Mic Mac and Maliseet languages and strengthen the cultural identities of those communities,” said Mr. Allen.
Funding through the Assembly of First Nations Regional Office of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island will support projects in 17 communities, including language workshops, language classes, teacher training, language documentation, immersion camps, Elder storytelling, documentary filming and development, curriculum development, and development of language resource materials.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national representative organization of the more than 630 First Nations in Canada. The AFN presents the views of various First Nations on such issues as Aboriginal and treaty rights, economic development, education, languages and literacy, health, housing, social development, justice, taxation, land claims, environment, and other issues of common concern.
Canada’s New Government has provided this funding through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative, which is a component of the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Peoples’ Program. This program supports the full participation and cultural revitalization of Aboriginal people in Canadian society and enables Aboriginal peoples to address the social, cultural, economic, and political issues affecting their lives.
The Aboriginal Languages Initiative provides $5 million per year to support the preservation, revitalization and promotion of Aboriginal languages by facilitating the use of these languages in community and family settings.
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
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