April 14, 2016

Dear Division 16,

As you know, the Federal Government has been working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for several years to address the treatment of Aboriginal people in Canada.  You can read a short description about the Reconciliation work here:

http://www.trc.ca/websites/reconciliation/index.php?p=312

For today’s assignment, please read the CBC article below and answer one of the following questions about language rights and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/aboriginal-language-constitution-1.3525982

  1. Describe one effect that the loss of Aboriginal languages could have on Canadian culture.  Please make sure your response goes beyond the effect on Aboriginal people and the points already made in the article.
  2. If the government started Aboriginal language immersion schools, how do you think that could impact public schools as they currently are?  Do you think it would be similar or different to French Immersion schools in Canada?

I look forward to your responses!

Jody

 

18 comments

  1. Amythest

    2. I think that having aboriginal schools affects public schools, but it also is good. It’s good because they won’t get bullied at the aboriginal school because every single student is aboriginal. Where in a public school the aboriginal students may get bullied because they’re aboriginal so I think that it could be really good to have aboriginal schools. It’s can be bad to have aboriginal schools because it is just more schools which means the government might have to close some schools just for the aboriginal schools. I think that it would be very different for French schools because in Canada there are places that only speak French so it shouldn’t be any different for French schools.

  2. The Baconator

    #2
    I think that it could impact other schools if the government decided that it was more important to have schools for aboriginal kids than other kids. It would hard to find space in the city so they might start removing regular schools to put in these new ones. I think that these schools would be almost exactly like French immersion because the kids would learn in their language.

  3. THEMANGO404 WAFFLE

    I think if the vsb and other school boards started an aboriginal immersion program it would impact public schools because it would make teachers have to do more work. However, it also means hiring people who know languages spoken by aboriginal people which would make aboriginal communities have wealth and give rebirth to their culture. It would also benefit non-aboriginal and aboriginals because we bring us together in reconciliation after their treatment in the residential schools. It might also impact French immersion because I think that people might rather do aboriginal language immersion to get more in touch with historic Canada so French immersion schools might lose lots of students.

  4. Ginger

    I think that adding Aboriginal immersion could impact the public school system in both positive and negative ways. If the Government of Canada were to introduce Aboriginal immersion, I think that many children, of Aboriginal heritage and others, would transfer to the programs to keep the aboriginal culture alive. A very powerful quote in the CBC article said “if you don’t know your language, then it is difficult to understand in a profound way who you are”. I think that this really reflects how many First Nation families might feel in having their children learn English or French, instead of their cultural language. I believe that the best time to introduce a language is when a child is young and still learning to speak. Similar to a traditional French immersion program, children can be taught their cultural language from preschool age until they are in grade 5 or 6, when English can become their main focus and hopefully they will be more fluent in their aboriginal language.

  5. crazymemeslol123

    #2 I think it would be similar to the the teachings of French in schools it wouldn’t harm anybody if they spoke their language now but in the 1900’s they would punish you if you speak aboriginal that’s what human cruelty is well mostly to aboriginals of course but they need to resurrect the other 197 aboriginal languages or more.i guess it isn’t more different from teaching French in elementary schools and high schools I think we should try to learn how to speak aboriginal at least one language for high school.

  6. Rouge

    #1 I think that an impact on losing Aboriginal languages in Canada would be less learning, less culture and less diversity of language. It is important that we have people with different backgrounds and different first languages so that we can all be supportive and connected even through language barriers. Also having these other languages in use encourages others to learn the language which then allows them and others to be able to communicate and understand more people living in Canada. Without the Aboriginal languages in use we would have less diversity of speech which would result in less learning of the language and culture and overall we would be without parts of Canada that we love and continue to learn about.

  7. cooperraine

    #1 i think that the loss of aboriginal languages is really bad because the aboriginal peoples have been in Canada for way longer then us and this is there land that we live off of and you really do have to be thankful for that

  8. den10@sea43

    1# I think that we lose a big part of are culture because Vancouver is on Aboriginal land and soil so to treat them like that is really bad. Also now that we are here a lot of Aboriginal culture is missing so if all the languages is terrible.

  9. Smallbrowndog

    #2 I think that having those schools would impact the public because these schools would need teachers who know the language and the culture,so the schools would need to find aboriginal people (preferably) who are willing to teach as well and who know the language. I have a feeling that these schools may become schools for people who are of aboriginal descent because other parents may think it is to much of a challenge. However if the government created that as a compulsory language that had to be taught in elementary schools from grade 4. This would make a higher percentage of the population know a percentage of the language. For these kids to be taught they need people who know the language so a solution would be to have people come in and teach the language and about the culture. This would also give the teachers time to prepare lessons.

  10. Joaquin

    I it think could impact public schools as they currently are because some teachers will have to learn a whole new way to teach and the students will have to learn the language which will take a a lot of time

  11. Shadow145

    #1 I think that having the loss of aboriginal language is bad because aboriginals have lived in Canada for a pretty long time even longer then us and forgetting their language would be losing a huge part of their culture and people may or may not forget about their culture.

    #2 I think that having aboriginal language would be great because people would be learning about their culture but it will have an impact in public schools because there may not be any space to build aboriginal language schools so they may have to replace some public schools with aboriginal language schools. I also think that their are difference’s with French and aboriginal language schools because the schools speak different languages.

  12. baconguy

    #2. I think that having aboriginal schools would make an impact on public schooling because there are a lot of students in schools that are related to aboriginal people, and I think that a good percentage of those people would move schools, not to mention that people who don’t speak the language will still go to the school. If you look at French immersion then you see that almost all of the people there are not French. Another impact the aboriginal schools would have is less kindergarten students, because they would go straight to the aboriginal schools.

  13. The Dude

    One big effect on these people losing their aboriginal language is that – language isn’t ust something you speak, it is also your culture , religion and background to you life. So having that ripped, away from you – as you can probably imagine – is like having a piece of you rpped out.
    Another big loss would be, it is a means of talking to another person who knows your exact language. So in a way, it’s like loosing your identity.

    When you talking to another person in a particular language, you feel like you’re part of a culture, something bigger and have a connection to the person you’re speaking with. This means, when you’re not able to speak that language, you end up loosing that good feeling and connection, which feels pretty horrible.

  14. Arcticowl

    2# I think that its mostly good that they made aboriginal schools for aboriginal people.Its good because it causes less bullying and they all speak one language so they can understand each other. Less bullying would be nicer for them because if they are in a french school they’d have to learn a new language, some kids might bully them because they didn’t know how to speak french at all. If they are all in one school they won’t feel at all bad.

  15. Soccerboy123ABC

    2#I think that it would impact them alot because they are public schools and any kid is allowed to join so I think that if the government started to make aboriginal schools that aboriginals might feel safer and more comfortable in a place where everyone is the same as them .I don’t think that it would be any different because they are just trying to learn the language thier parents were tought so I don’t see any reason they would be different except that they may learn more about the Residential schools .

  16. Crazychicken lover

    I think that Aboriginal Immersion school would be a great idea and it would help kids learn more about the culture and the people and understand what they are going through right now. I think it would help expand the horizons of education. They would learn how to speak different tongues of the language and i think that it would be very complicated but it would be fun learning things like that because you would learn to respect nature and learn different lore and myths and so much different things and it would help other people to just think of themselves as one group of people, Canadians.

  17. DLTMGYD

    #2 I think it would definitely effect the public schools and that it would be a change but it would definitely be a good change. I think that it would impact them in a very good way because then more schools can have different types of immersion and I also think that it would change the flow of the schools and I also think that this would create more jobs. This could be a good way to apologize for the residential schools. I think that it would be different in away since the aboriginal languages are different and some of them are becoming more and more extinct as they said in the article and the fact that there are only so many schools and there are already other immersion school programs. They would only be able to pick some of the languages and there is also the the problem of finding people who can teach but can also speak the language that they pick for that school. I think that this very different and challenging but it will be great if it happens.

  18. DLTMGYD

    #2 I think it would definitely effect the public schools and that it would be a change but it would definitely be a good change. I think that it would impact them in a very good way because then more schools can have different types of immersion and I also think that it would change the flow of the schools and I also think that this would create more jobs. This could be a good way to apologize for the residential schools. I think that it would be different in away since the aboriginal languages are different and some of them are becoming more and more extinct as they said in the article and the fact that there are only so many schools and there are already other immersion school programs. They would only be able to pick some of the languages and there is also the problem of finding people who can teach but can also speak the language that they pick for that school. I think that this very different and challenging but it will be great if it happens.

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