The Government of Canada is providing $75,423 in funding through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative to support over 300 hours of learning opportunities for children and adults.
Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament (Sault Ste. Marie), made this announcement July 14 on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
“The Government of Canada is committed to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages and cultures, and we are pleased to support the Garden River First Nation in its efforts to enhance the Ojibway language,” Glover said.
Project activities will include language and cultural camps for youth and adults, language immersion classes, child care language immersion classes, and other cultural activities.
The Ojibway language will be taught to participants using a variety of learning resources, including pictures, short stories, and flash cards.
The Garden River First Nation is located near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
“I’m pleased that members of the Garden River First Nation will have access to this important language-learning opportunity, which will benefit the community today and for generations to come,” Hayes said.
“Garden River First Nation is grateful for this support. We can keep building on our previous language project and continue to provide our community with a variety of opportunities to increase their knowledge of the Ojibway language and culture. Expanding the number of people that know our language and culture is key to strengthening it,” said Lyle Sayers, Chief of the Garden River First Nation.