Pushing to recognize Indigenous languages

By Laurence Brisson Dubreuil, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Perry Simon was holding up an eagle feather gifted by his great aunt when he asked the five major federal party leaders about whether they intend to make First Nations, Metis and Inuit languages part of the official languages of the country. “It’s a question that should’ve been asked, addressed and resolved decades ago,’’ said the Kanehsata’kehro:non. “If leaders have a plan, it needs to include Indigenous languages in Canada and Quebec.’’ On Wednesday, September 8, during the federal election French-language leaders debate, Simon sought answers on the topic of respecting and honouring Onkwehon:we languages. The Kanesatake community member was met with a range of answers from the participating leaders present at the debate held in Gatineau. The leaders in question were…

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