Magazine article Anglican Journal

Revitalizing a Language and Culture

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Revitalizing a Language and Culture

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KAHNAWAKE Mohawk Territory is located on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec. We are a community of approximately 8,000 people with a unique culture, history and language. With each passing year we lose more and more of our first language speakers (elders) who take with them precious knowledge of who we are as Kanien'keha:ka. For several years our community has experienced a language and culture revitalization as we work to save what is so important to us.

The mandate of the Kanien'keha:ka Onkwawen:na Raotitiohkwa Language and Cultural Center (KORLCC) is to promote and preserve our language and culture. There are a variety of ways that we, a committed but small staff, do this with the support of funders like PWRDF. Through our Ratiwennahn:xats Adult Language Immersion program, our instructors work to produce proficient Kanien'keha speakers in a two year time frame. In June 2016, 17 students will graduate, the majority of them young adults and parents of small children.To date, we've had a total of 145 people successfully complete the program.

Part of reviving our language and culture is making it part of everyday life and making it visible and accessible. …

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