Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

December 15, 2014 15:00 ET

Supporting Michif Language-Learning Tools for Children

Government of Canada provides funding to the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Dec. 15, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $59,700 in funding to the Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research to translate 27 books of its early reading program into Michif-language editions with English translations.

Kelly Block, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. This funding is being provided through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative.

Quick Facts

  • The early reading program includes three sets of nine children's books, all relating to Métis culture. The translated version will also include an audio CD with narration tracks for each book, which will allow readers to practise their pronunciation.
  • The Gabriel Dumont Institute will produce 1,000 copies of each set-a total of 27,000 books and 3,000 CDs-which will be distributed to libraries, homes and schools across Saskatchewan.
  • The Gabriel Dumont Institute is committed to the publication and development of Métis-specific cultural, literary and educational resources for Métis children, youth and adults, as well as the non-Aboriginal community.
  • The Aboriginal Languages Initiative supports community-based language projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages.

Quotes

"Aboriginal languages and cultures are an integral part of our country's identity, and we are proud to support organizations that help revitalize and preserve them."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"These books are a great way to introduce young learners to the language. Their wide distribution will help enhance knowledge and use of the Michif language across the province, with important benefits today and in the future."

-Kelly Block, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar)

"We would like to thank Canadian Heritage for its support of this educational resource. These books will help us transfer knowledge of the Michif language, which is key to ensuring it remains alive for today's Métis and for our future generations."

-Geordy McCaffrey, Executive Director, Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

Associated Links

Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research

Aboriginal Languages Initiative

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