Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

July 16, 2014 12:00 ET

Supporting Ojibway Language-Learning Opportunities

Government of Canada provides funding to Garden River First Nation for language project

GARDEN RIVER, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 16, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

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 today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • 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.


"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."

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

"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."

-Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament (Sault Ste. Marie)

"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."

-Lyle Sayers, Chief, Garden River First Nation

Associated Links

Aboriginal Languages Initiative

Garden River First Nation

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage