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Indigenizing the Structural Syllabus: The Challenge of Revitalizing Mi'gmaq in Listuguj [Mela Sarkar, Mali An’n Metallic]

Publisher: 
University of Toronto Press
Year of publication: 
2009

“Mi'gmaq, an Algonkian language of northeastern North America, is one of nearly 50 surviving Indigenous languages in Canada that are usually not considered to be viable into the next century. Only Inuktitut, Cree, and Ojibwe presently have enough younger speakers to provide a critical mass for long-term survival. In one Mi'gmaq community, however, a new way of passing on the language to adults who do not already speak it is rekindling new hope for the language.

The Critical State of Aboriginal Languages in Canada [Verna Kirkness]

Publisher: 
Canadian Journal of Native Education
Year of publication: 
1998

“Discusses the current endangered state of Canada's indigenous languages and the culpability of church and state in this situation. Presents legal and moral reasons why the Government of Canada should enact legislation to protect and revitalize Aboriginal languages. Offers examples of similar legislation enacted in the Northwest Territories and other countries. Contains 18 references and additional bibliography.”

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