Language is more than what we use to communicate. Through language, we begin to understand each other, and the land that we live on.
Through the Original Voices website, CBC is highlighting a few of the many diverse Indigenous languages that exist across the country.
The Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. website offers guidelines around the usage of terminology specific to Indigenous communities. Learning proper terminology is an important first step in engaging Indigenous partners in business.
Visit the SICC (Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre) for background and history of Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan. Also, see news about Federal Indigenous Languages Legislation.
Whether you’re learning a few words from language experts or looking up phrases through online dictionaries, you can start online to learn about Cree words and phrases and develop a deeper appreciation of Indigenous languages.
Everyone, at some point in their journey of Reconciliation, needs to read the 94 Calls to Action recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to “redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.” Or connect here to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Final Report to read other sections and excerpts.
We have included this action in every category and every path on this website as a reminder of how important it is for us to understand the history and path of Reconciliation in our country.
The Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre’s website is a fantastic resource for Indigenous languages in Saskatchewan. It includes information on language history, writing systems, maps and links for further research.
Follow #CreeSimonSays and learn Cree words or join other online learning communities!
Take care and time to use proper terminology by reading articles like 9 Terms to Avoid in Communications with Indigenous Peoples.
When you’re unsure about the proper terminology to use, simply ask. While there are many resources and guidelines available, terminology may also have to do alot with personal preference. Be willing to have those conversations about identity and terminology and learn as you go: Indian Country Today
“Two Spirit has been present for countless generations that predate LGBTQ terminology.” Learn more from this daily digital news platform that covers the Indigenous world.