Keeping the Ktunaxa language alive – Columbia Valley Pioneer

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Keeping the Ktunaxa language alive – Columbia Valley Pioneer

by ahnationtalk on September 29, 202223 Views

Sep 29, 2022

Residential schools stripped Indigenous people of their culture, their identity, their language. Chief Donald Sam of Akisqnuk First Nation shared that the Ktunaxa language is a language isolate, which means there is no other language like it in the world. The impact of residential schools has made this language critically endangered.

Aiyana Twigg of Tobacco Plains Nation graduated from the from the four-year First Nations Languages and Anthropology program at University of British Columbia (UBC) this past May. There, she was awarded the 2022 Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy, and Reconciliation. When the pandemic began, Twigg started up the Instagram account, @KtunaxaPride, to bring together those who were feeling disconnected with one another.

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