Readers with a mother tongue other than English or whose family had origins outside Canada or England will recall with fondness the language spoken by their parents and grandparents.

To research this article, I had the pleasure of meeting Tracey Herbert, Executive Director of First Peoples Cultural Foundation. Tracey emphasized that language revitalization for aboriginal people is not just about communication; it is a ménage of history, culture, geographic, and botanical data for food sources and ancient medicines. Language is the very basis of any culture. The loss of languages would mean the loss of important elements of their cultures.


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