Manitoba announces ‘historic’ aboriginal language partnership

A new partnership between the Manitoba government, indigenous groups, post-secondary institutions and school boards will seek to “protect and promote” aboriginal languages, the province announced Monday.

The new Manitoba Aboriginal Languages Strategy is based on recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.

“Language is a critical component of cultural identity, and the Manitoba government recognizes the importance of working with our partners in the indigenous community to protect and promote aboriginal languages,” said Education and Advanced Learning Minister, James Allum, in Monday’s news release.

The partnership will include institutions such as Red River College, Winnipeg School Division, Seven Oaks School Division, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and the University College of the North. Among the goals is to improve teacher training and develop a system for sharing and expertise related to Manitoba’s aboriginal languages.

Read more: CBC News

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