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Press Release

Supporting Mohawk Language Instruction

BALA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 5, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $72,614 in funding through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative to the Wahta Mohawks for language lessons and learning resources for 2015-16.

The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Parry Sound-Muskoka), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • Language instruction will be broken down into three levels: fundamental, transitional and skilled. Each level will include up to 12 participants and take 10 weeks to complete.
  • Participants will learn grammar, conversational skills, reading and writing through virtual and one-on-one sessions.
  • The language learning resources will include print, audio and video resources.
  • The Aboriginal Languages Initiative supports community-based language projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages and increase their use in community settings.

Quotes

"Aboriginal languages and cultures are an integral part of our country's identity, and we are proud to support organizations that contribute to their revitalization and preservation."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"This support will help the Wahta Mohawks provide this important language-learning opportunity to their community. It will benefit them today and for generations to come."

-The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Parry Sound-Muskoka)

"Wahta Mohawks are pleased to be the recipients of federal funding in support of our language initiative proposal. This is an important first step in the development of a language program that will form an integral part of the foundation for healing in our community. Healing through language and culture is a renewed focus of our health and social department programs at Wahta Mohawks, and we are excited that the federal government has recognized this and has become a strong partner and supporter of these initiatives in our community."

-Philip Franks, Chief, Wahta Mohawks

Associated Links

Aboriginal Languages Initiative

Wahta Mohawks

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Marisa Monnin
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
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