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Funding to Garden River First Nation for language project

Monday, July 14, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

BRYAN HAYES, SAULT MP

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Supporting Ojibway Language-Learning Opportunities

GARDEN RIVER - The Government of Canada is providing $75,423 in funding through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative to support over 300 hours of learning opportunities for children and adults.

Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament (Sault Ste. Marie), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Project activities will include language and cultural camps for youth and adults, language immersion classes, child care language immersion classes, and other cultural activities.

The Ojibway language will be taught to participants using a variety of learning resources, including pictures, short stories, and flash cards.

“I’m pleased that members of the Garden River First Nation will have access to this important language-learning opportunity, which will benefit the community today and for generations to come,” said Bryan Hayes.

“Garden River First Nation is grateful for this support. We can keep building on our previous language project and continue to provide our community with a variety of opportunities to increase their knowledge of the Ojibway language and culture. Expanding the number of people that know our language and culture is key to strengthening it,” said Lyle Sayers, Chief, Garden River First Nation.

For more information, see Aboriginal Languages Initiative.

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