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CTV Winnipeg: ‘These languages are endangered’: Expert weighs in on Indigenous Languages Day

April 1, 2024 — 

With more than 70 Indigenous languages spoken across Canada, recognizing March 31 as National Indigenous Languages Day highlights the need to better preserve these languages so they aren’t lost, according to one expert.

“I think people should be aware that these languages only come from Canada. They’re the first ones spoken here,” said Lorena Fontaine, the Indigenous studies department head at the University of Manitoba. “It’s important to highlight that these languages are endangered.”

Fontaine said in the current education system, students are learning English and French at the expense of their own ancestral languages.

For the full story, please visit CTV Winnipeg.

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