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Passion and Technology Restoring First Nation Languages – Axiom News

by NationTalk on November 8, 2012405 Views

Times are changing thanks to groups of young, university-educated First Nations people in their 20s and 30s, who are passionate about their language and working to preserve it.

Manager of FirstVoices and Language Revitalization Peter Brand has seen firsthand what a difference that passion is making in First Nations communities in areas like Saanich, B.C.  

At the second annual Saanich Conference organized and hosted by youth members of the community, elders were moved to tears to see their language, SENĆOŦEN, used throughout the ceremonies, prayers and greetings.

“When the elders got up to thank them for the work that they were doing and hosting the conference, they broke down,” Peter says. “They were so overcome with emotion at what they were witnessing, they couldn’t speak.”

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