Elders with the LLRIB travelled to Nova Scotia last week as a part of the Strengthening and Revitalizing Indigenous Language and Culture Conference, which was hosted by the Indigenous Leadership and Development Institute.

Twenty-six communities met for a gathering, which ran on March 6 and 7 on the Membertou First Nation to engage with Indigenous language speakers from across the country.

The event is touted as a national gathering for individuals to learn, collaborate and share in efforts to strengthen and revitalize Indigenous languages.

LLRIB Chief Tammy Cook-Searson attended the conference and said it was an excellent learning experience.

“There is a lot of different things we took from there, and I think it was really motivating and inspirational, and we’re really honoured to be part of the process as a part of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band,” said Cook-Searson. “We made new friendships and saw old friends, and we learned a lot on language and culture revitalization (and) strengthening and revitalizing our Indigenous language and culture.”

Poundmaker Cree Nation, Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation and Cowessess First Nation also sent representatives to the gathering.

Moving forward, the LLRIB has entered a partnership with the Poundmaker Cree Nation to collaborate on methods to teach and preserve Indigenous languages.

(PHOTO: LLRIB logo. Photo courtesy of llrib.com)