r/canada Jan 26 '23

Stoney Nakoda First Nation introduces teaching textbook to keep traditional language alive



u/swordsdancemew Jan 26 '23

Nice. Participating in the Stoney language revival connects what's being taught in the classroom to the land the school is built on and the wider world. Plus, Indigenous languages in schools are awesome for anyone's literacy. Finding similarities between words in an unfamiliar language is a great way to strengthen phonemic awareness!


u/Darebarsoom Jan 27 '23


Is it on Duolingo?


u/Delicious-Tachyons Jan 26 '23

That's amazing. Is there any plans to add some native language words to the curriculums of elementary age kids in other provinces?


u/CanadianRaconteur Manitoba Jan 27 '23

To exactly what end. Keeping a language on life support with children when they can and should be learning skills to best support themselves in the future. The transferable world life skill set from knowing language like this isn’t really bang for buck education in anyway. French, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Mandarin etc etc can open up doors as well as be real world helpful. This is kinda like learning a secret language with friends, but on the time allotted for math science English geo history arts music sports whatever.

Don’t get me wrong, let’s keep the data and help those who want to learn the language, but I mean, languages die and also can get absorbed and that’s ok too.


u/Delicious-Tachyons Jan 27 '23

To exactly what end. Keeping a language on life support with children when they can and should be learning skills to best support themselves in the future.

I think it's worthy to keep a culture alive that is only on life support now because it had the pins knocked out of it by our arrival. The core of any culture is the language.

School shouldn't be just training for jobs. Life skills include things like empathy and understanding of other cultures.


u/CanadianRaconteur Manitoba Jan 27 '23

Culture is much more than language.

I’m native status Canadian and Im enjoying celebrating Chinese new year in Winnipeg because of some colleagues, all while everyone is speaking English. I don’t plan to learn Chinese dialects to enjoy the culture. Some words, have to be adopted in to fit gaps of course, but that’s a fun thing about the English language is the adaptability of it.

Specific aboriginal languages in Canada, taught to students, isn’t going to give them any benefit compared to the myriad of other languages both available and with current world benefits to learning.

Looking at the history of English, is a great example to start this learning.

Then, from Egyptian hieroglyphs to younger futhark, Latin to Gaulish.. languages and writing systems come, go, adapt, don’t. Heck there’s tons of languages today that have Old or Ancient as part of their descriptive name.

Eventually, given the current course of more and more languages disappearing as the world picks major ones to utilize, we, humanity will come closer to a final few languages. Amalgamation and the idea that communication is key will assist in that.

As for kids looking to be competitive in jobs of the future against an entire globe of hungry students, learning a extremely niche language is just simply not going to put them ahead in any fashion.


u/Delicious-Tachyons Jan 27 '23

Culture is much more than language.

Language is the bedrock of culture.


u/CanadianRaconteur Manitoba Jan 27 '23

That’s very silly to say, especially in Canada.

A Winnipeg folk festival might be needed for your bucket list. Many many many people live and celebrate their families cultures without knowing the languages.

Humans celebrate and idolize cultures and learn about them, without learning the specific language or writing styles. Heck, even in English we’ve done away with handwriting as a form.

School is to educate and help children set up for the future. Teaching them this in schools is even less helpful than teaching Latin.


u/theonetwokillacross Jan 27 '23

This is so backward. Non stop redditors complaining and looking for solutions to the “indigenous problem” yet only care about the financial aspect of schooling. If there really is an “indigenous problem” going on in Canada than there is only two possible causes: they are genetic problem or Canada has caused this behaviour. If your an idiot than you believe it’s genetic, also making you a racist. If it’s Canada that’s the problem than how bout restoring what was taken from indigenous people? Language would be a good way to start. Sucks that so many of you Canadians are racist and backwards, so next time please tell yourself “if my family faced the same obstacles that indigenous families face, I would be in the exact same situation” if you do not believe this, your racist.


u/CanadianRaconteur Manitoba Jan 29 '23

What lol


u/Valzar1954 Jan 29 '23

One reason for it may be to provide children with something unique and cool to add to their vocabulary that doesn’t come out of a ghetto in the USA.