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National Indigenous Languages Day celebrates with virtual celebration to honour strength and endurance of Indigenous languages and cultures


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March 31, 2021, Fort Chipewyan, AB – Cree and Déne elders and language teachers celebrate National Indigenous Languages Day in a virtual celebration. The day honours the strength and endurance of Indigenous languages and cultures.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Fort Chipewyan Métis Association, Mikisew Cree First Nation, in partnership with the Athabasca Tribal Council and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, are hosting the event.

“It’s important to preserve our mother tongue because it defines who we are,” said Chief Peter Powder of Mikisew Cree First Nation. “First language skills have been declining and this encourages the well-being and resilience of our rich culture and our identity.”

National Indigenous Languages Day was first celebrated on March 31, 1993. Since then, March 31st marks the day Indigenous language speakers, elders, knowledge keepers, and youth across the country live, experience, and learn in their first language.

“Language is central to identity, preservation of culture, worldview, the environment they inhabit, and expression of self-determination,” said Chief Allan Adam of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and President of Athabasca Tribal Council. “By learning and speaking an Indigenous language, you are doing your part in reclaiming and revitalizing Indigenous languages.”

Links to each virtual zoom session will be posted on the Athabasca Tribal Council Facebook.  Click here to go there now.


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Gustavsson leads AHL Senators in 4-2 win over Heat

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Lassi Thomson, Egor Sokolov, Mark Kastelic and Parker Kelly scored to help the Senators (8-12-1) halt a three-game slide.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021.

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The change, due to COVID-19, is to last for two weeks.

Alberta Education said Wednesday that it approved requests from public and Catholic schools in the city to make the move to online learning.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange said in a release that some school boards are dealing with operational pressures due to rising COVID-19 cases.

“The safety of students and staff is my top priority, which is why I am responding to the boards’ requests and respecting their autonomy,” she said.

“By having a clear process in place, we are giving them flexibility to move to at-home learning when necessary.”

The province said it has not closed any schools for health reasons, and any decision to move a portion of a school to at-home learning is at the discretion of each school board.

About 19 per cent of schools have COVID-19 alerts or outbreaks. Nine schools are currently doing online learning.

Marilyn Dennis, board chair with the Calgary Board of Education, said in the release that the greatest impacts of COVID-19 have been in schools with higher grades.

Alberta’s chief medical health officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, also said there has been a sharp rise in cases among school-aged Albertans.

The province, with 15,569 active infections, currently has the highest rate of active cases in Canada.

On Wednesday, the province reported 1,412 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths due to the virus. There were 420 people in hospital due to COVID-19, with 92 in intensive care.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 14, 2021.

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