Almost half of the roughly 6,900 languages spoken around the world today are endangered. Scarily, the rate of extinction is accelerating and there is a whole lot at stake.
Communities around the world are losing their indigenous tongue at an unprecedented rate. The grimmest predictions suggest up to 90% of the world’s languages will have disappeared by the end of this century.
A language becomes extinct when its last native speaker dies, and it’s usually the result of its speakers shifting to a lingua franca like English, Arabic or Spanish. This implies choice, but it’s often a history of marginalisation that leads to the change.
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Education conference shares elders’ vision on language for future generations
The way to preserve a language is to start the lessons at home. And listen to your elders. It's a conversation happening at a Winnipeg conference with First Nations leaders, elders and educators.
Elder Mary Houle is from Ebb and Flow First Nation. Ojibway was her first language. She shared her vision at the First Nations Circle of Knowledge and Practices Conference.
"Our language was given to us. We have to speak our own language the way our mom and dad did," Houle said.
"You have to start that at home..."
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