UCN to Offer Cree Language Summer Camp
May 23, 2018
University College of the North will be offering a 5-day Cree Language Camp Aski Achimowin, this summer thanks to a $53,670 from the Federal Aboriginal Languages Initiative.
Doris Young, a senior administrator at UCN says the goal of the summer camp will be to offer a “fun” Cree learning experience to 20 northern students and to produce 5 Cree Language YouTube videos. Teachers will be able to use these videos as teaching tools at no cost and will be accessed through YouTube video.
The summer camp starts the first week of August and will be organized by Young and Esther Sanderson, Director of UCN’s Centre for Language and Culture.
“Cree Elders will teach participants Cree Knowledge in the Cree Language,” said Sanderson, “and we will use a variety of activities and story telling. Students will also learn the meaning of the Cree concepts of “WAHKOTOWIN” (respectful relations) and “MINO PIMATISIWIN” (living a good life) as part of their Cree learning experience.”
“The goal is for students to have fun while learning Cree, “said Young, and to get our youth to interact with Elders and to learn about their culture and history.
The program will conclude with a puppet performance by the students.
UCN President Doug Lauvstad said he is excited and encouraged by the program. “This is an important initiative; UCN has a mandate and an obligation to support the revitalization of indigenous language and culture, and we need to engage our youth”.
For further information, please contact: