Youngs looking forward to learning Mi’kmaq language

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on March 7, 2015

For Ann Marie Young and her daughter Stacy Young, learning the Mi’kmaq language is going to be a family affair.

An introduction to the language is being offered in their community of Flat Bay from April to October. Both have already enrolled.

“I’m interested in whatever can be done to bring back our culture and I want to bring to my grandchildren what was lost,” Ann Marie said.

She and her daughter had always had an interest in learning the language, but Ann Marie said it was hard to find a way to do so.

Stacy said her nephew Edward Perry in Corner Brook has been learning the language and she hopes what she and her mom learn can be passed on.

Mother and daughter feel this language training will be time well spent and are looking forward to the interacting with their own people through it.

Instructional classes will be available on site in the Flat Bay Band office and online through webinar format for members who live outside the community or cannot attend physically.

While the program’s priority is to enlist 20 participants from the Flat Bay community, Mi’kmaq people from outside may also be considered.

This is the second introductory program in the area following the Bay St. George Mi'Kmaq Language Incentive Program held in St. George's last summer.

Enrolment is now open with residents of Flat Bay-St. Teresa band members having priority for onsite instruction positions. Others may have their name put on a waiting list in case local enrolment goals are not met.

Registration for the program can be made by emailing deansimon@live.ca or calling 647-1370.

There is no cost for this program.

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