Supporting Indigenous Languages Education in Saskatchewan

Sathia Kumar

In order to revive and safeguard Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan, the Government of Saskatchewan is collaborating with First Nations University of Canada. New scholarships for First Nations University of Canada students studying Indigenous languages will receive $50,000 annually from the province.

Gordon Wyant, Minister of Advanced Education, stated, “The First Nations University of Canada is a leader in Indigenous languages education.” These scholarships are intended to encourage more students in Saskatchewan to study Indigenous languages programming.

The money will be given to three brand-new scholarships that will be administered by the First Nations University of Canada:

  • The Solomon Ratt Indigenous Language and Language Literacy Scholarship
  • Indigenous Language Revitalization Entrance Scholarship
  • First Nation Language Instructor Certificate Scholarship

Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann, President of the First Nations University of Canada Mizowaykomiguk paypomwayotung, stated, “Language teaching is critically important, especially as many Indigenous languages are, or are becoming, endangered.” Our mission at First Nations University of Canada is to safeguard and preserve Indigenous languages, which are inextricably linked to our cultures and identities as First Nations people. More students will be able to begin and finish their studies in languages at FNUniversity thanks to the new Indigenous Languages scholarship funding provided by the Province of Saskatchewan. This is crucial for the continued use of our traditional languages in Saskatchewan.”

The Primary Countries College of Canada offers programs for five Native dialects, going from endorsements to graduate projects. More Indigenous language teachers in Saskatchewan will be trained with the assistance of this funding, which will benefit approximately forty students annually.

“Our dialects hold complex information frameworks and are a gift from our progenitors,” Native Dialects Program Facilitator and Teacher Andrea Custer said. ” Our ancestors preserved their languages for us younger generations despite efforts to eradicate them. As a component of the Main Countries College of Canada’s central goal we are here to help the Native people groups of Saskatchewan who need to recover their dialects, through an assortment of language programs. The new grant subsidizing given by the Public authority of Saskatchewan will additionally uphold understudies in their assurance to recover their dialects.”

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