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It’s 2020′: Parent appalled after students told not to speak Atikamekw language in school – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 202072 Views

Head of Lac-Saint-Jean Native Friendship Centre hopes controversy opens doors to cultural sensitivity training

Feb 13, 2020

Virginia Weizineau said her daughter Jessica Chachai arrived home one day in January, dumbfounded by what had happened to her at her Roberval, Que., high school.

The 15-year-old told her mother she had been sitting at a table in her arts class and was speaking with her friend in Atikamekw, their first language, when the teacher came up to them and ordered them to speak French.

“She was really surprised,” said Weizineau, who said it was the first time something like this had happened to Jessica.

“It came out of nowhere, and it was really something for her — to be told not to speak Atikamekw,” Weizineau told CBC.

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