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Indigenous languages could be at forefront of reconciliation process, says Winnipeg community organizer –

by ahnationtalk on June 23, 202036 Views

June 23, 2020

Do you know the names of your favourite animals in Cree? What about Inuktitut? Michif?

A Winnipeg community organizer says something as simple as teaching local people the traditional Indigenous names of animals could be a positive and easy step toward reconciliation.

Michael Redhead Champagne told 680 CJOB that a simple acknowledgement of Indigenous words in settings like the Assiniboine Park Zoo could be quite meaningful.

“One of my non-Indigenous friends made the suggestion and said, ‘I wish I could learn the Cree names of the animals when I go to the zoo,’” Champagne said.

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