13. We call upon the federal government to acknowledge that Aboriginal rights include Aboriginal language rights.
More than 50 Aboriginal languages are currently spoken across the country. Canada is a country of many languages. For many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples, language is an expression of their nationhood and identity. Language is not only a way of communication; it is a way of life. Stories are taught to young people to teach values, spiritual and traditional beliefs from generation to generation. Without these languages none of this can be done. Courses teaching Aboriginal languages should be offered at universities and colleges across Canada. This would create opportunities for students to learn Aboriginal languages to keep these languages active. Also history courses with teachings about residential schools should be taught at every education level to make young Canadians aware of our history that is often ignored and left out.
Compiled By: Morgan Visser