Dozens Gather to Celebrate Manitoba’s Indigenous Languages ​​- Winnipeg

Dozens of people gathered to celebrate Manitoba’s Indigenous community and its seven languages ​​through comedy, dance and music on Sunday at The Forks.

This year’s Indigenous Languages ​​Festival is a healing event for the community, said Dennis Chartrand, Indigenous Languages ​​Festival Master of Ceremonies.

“What I’ve learned comes from my elders and my lecturers, and what I share comes from them, so it’s honoring them, but sharing with today’s youth,” he said. declared.

“When we do that, we heal the things that we haven’t had a chance to heal, especially the loss of language that everyone knows we’ve been through, the loss of culture, and the disconnection with family.”

Sunday’s lineup included comedy, dance and musicals performed in multiple Indigenous languages.

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“It makes me feel… my heart swells with pride,” said Lorraine George, Ininímowin (Cree) instructor from Winnipeg.

George learned Cree from his grandparents and teaches the language in Winnipeg. She has noticed an increase in the number of people eager to learn since the discovery of unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

“They want to give back to their children what our ancestors left us.”

Winnipegger Tyra Fountain, who is currently learning Ojibwe, brought her seven-year-old daughter to the event.

“I believe this is our future generation, and I want them to know the language,” she said.

— With files by Rosanna Hempel


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