Fearful of the loss of their language, these elders put the importance of reviving Kanien’kéha into law – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 20, 201960 Views

Kahnawake, Que., celebrates the 20th anniversary of its language law

Dec 20, 2019

When Tekahonwen:sere Melvin Diabo was young, everyone in Kahnawake, Que., spoke Kanien’kéha — the Mohawk language.

He never thought it could become an endangered language. But by the late 1990s, generations of families had already grown up without speaking the language. First-language Kanien’kéha speakers like himself were worried.

It’s why they helped develop a law that recognizes Kanien’kéha as the official language of Kahnawake with the hopes it would one day return as the primary language used across the community.

“In all of our history, our language was part of our being. There was never a need for a law,” said Diabo.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/kahnawake-language-law-20-years-1.5398233

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