"As languages disappear, cultures die. The world becomes inherently a less interesting place, but we also sacrifice raw knowledge and the intellectual achievements of millennia." - Ken Hale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1999
It’s been estimated that approximately 10,000 spoken languages have existed in human society. Today, only about 6,000 languages are still spoken, and many of these are not being taught to future generations. More than half of these languages are unlikely to survive the next century.
Language is an important part of our lives. It is much more than just a means of communication. It is also a part of our culture. Aspects of culture such as food, clothing, celebrations, customs, values, religion, history, and language are all shape the way people think, behave, and view our world. These aspects, including language, bond members of the group together and create a sense of belonging.
In Canada, March 31st takes place the National Aboriginal Languages Day. The concern for many Aboriginal communities on how to keep their languages alive is very real. In fact, this is a concern for us all. The survival of Aboriginal languages, cultures and histories are a responsibility for all Canadians.
Today is an opportunity for all of us to ask what can we do, to ensure that the legacy of Aboriginal languages, and cultures.
Top ten spoken Aboriginal Languages in Canada:
Check out below the Ministry of Aboriginal Affair's awesome National Aboriginal Languages Day campaign!
Red Carpet Anti-Racism Film Screenings take place on International day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
A big congratulations to everyone who participated in Canada's very first 48-hour-Anti-Racism Film Festival! Thank you to the folks who entered in the challenge and poetry jam, and everyone who came out to watch them perform on the poetry night, as well as the red carpet screening. This was our very first year organizing the event. It took a LOT of effort and many nights staying up late. It was a complete non-profit initiative and a lot of people helped make it possible by volunteering their time.
The result was spectacular. We had a total of 15 incredible films and we awarded prizes to three winners. We hope next year will be bigger and better!
Come join us as we do a presentation on how to combat racism and discrimination in our society at the Intercultural Centre at Bow Valley College. We will have an awesome video presentation and great discussion! March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.