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Dene Language Part of Worldwide Study PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:41

For the next two months parents from the Clearwater River Dene Nation will have international language experts studying their teaching methods.

The northern Saskatchewan community will be part of a worldwide study about how small children learn to speak their first language.

First Nations University of Canada professor Dr. Olga Lovick will be working with a language expert from Switzerland.

She says Dene is a complex language that is quite suitable for the international study.

“So the goal was to find 10 languages as different from each other as possible and see how do they go about learning things,” says Lovick.

“And also what influence the culture has on the language learning process because we don’t all have the same culture and have different ways of interacting with our families.”

Dr. Dagmar Jung from the University of Zurich says Dene is a challenging language to study.

“The Dene language and its relative (languages) are very known for their complexity,” she says. “The verbs are very long and it’s a very different grammar and this is why we are so fascinated by it and really like to learn more about them.”

The other languages being studied include Turkish, Japanese, Russian, Sesotho (a southern African language) Yucatec Maya, Chintang in Nepal, Indonesian and East Cree and Inukitut.

According to Lovick the Clearwater River Dene Nation is one of three places in the world where children grow up speaking Dene.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 11:42
 
The First Nation Economic Engine Hums Along in Saskatoon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mervin Brass   
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:39

Since 1988 urban reserves have made significant economic and social contributions to the City of Saskatoon.

The city recently created community profiles that contain a wide range of information about the 11 First Nation communities that own land in Saskatoon.

Director of Aboriginal relations Gilles Dorval says the profiles will help tell the economic story and the contribution of urban reserves.

He says First Nations are starting to ride the wave of the economic activity in Saskatoon and around the province.

“Some of the First Nations are moving quite quickly, White Cap Dakota First Nation being one,” says Dorval. “Other First Nations are just starting to ride the wave of economic activity here in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan.”

The list of communities that own land in Saskatoon include Cowessess, English River, Little Pine, Mistawasis, Moosomin, Muskeg Lake, One Arrow, Red Pheasant, Saulteaux, Whitecap and Yellow Quill.

For more information visit the City of Saskatoon website.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 11:40
 
FNU Student Heads To Miss Indian World PDF Print E-mail
Written by David Smith   
Monday, 13 April 2015 11:33

A student from the First Nations University in Regina will be heading to Albuquerque, New Mexico next week to be a contestant in the Miss Indian World Pageant.

Amelia Badger is a fourth-year Education student and is one of eight women from Canada who will be part of the annual event.

Badger says she has wanted to be part of the pageant since she was a young girl, and she has been working hard on being prepared.

"To make sure that I am ready physically, mentally, emotionally and also spiritually, I have been talking elders a lot, I have been talking to a lot of traditional knowledge keepers and I have also been asking myself a lot of questions, like how can I be a good role model".

Badger says being a part of the pageant is something she has dreamed of since she was a child, and she hopes the title goes to Canada this year.

"I am the only girl from Saskatchewan this year so there is 21 other contestants and there is about eight of us from Canada so I am really hoping that whoever is crowned, I hope she comes from Canada".

Each contestant will compete in the areas of public speaking, personal interview, traditional talent, dance and essay.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 April 2015 11:35
 
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