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Listuguj First Nation immersion classes help families learn Mi’kmaw together – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 16, 2023152 Views

May 16, 2023

Less than 300 people in Listuguj speak Mi’kmaw as their first language, most fluent speakers are over 60

In a colourful classroom surrounded by forest, Brenda Germain is teaching her kindergarten students the Mi’kmaw words for animals they might find in the woods around them.

Ten years ago, she only knew a few words of Mi’kmaw, but today, Germain is fluent enough to teach immersion classes in Listuguj First Nation, Que., just across the Restigouche River from Campbellton in northern New Brunswick.

Germain says learning her language is a lifelong process.

“I’m prepared to do that and hopefully help other people, especially my age, who have children in the immersion,” she said.

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