Language Retention a Priority for Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre
Since 1972, SICC has been protecting, preserving, and promoting First Nations languages.
Priscilla St. John is the Education and Language Specialist for the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC). As the first Indigenous controlled education institution serving Saskatchewan, SICC offers opportunities for cultural revitalization for the following First Nations: Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Woodlands Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota and Lakota. First Nations Elders met to discuss the importance of Indigenous language acquisition and developed outcomes that, combined with the provincially mandated curriculum, create the language-based curriculum that SICC promotes. St. John explains, First Nations languages start with our ways of knowing, our stories, our ancestors, our laws, our protocols, and are guided by Elders, which are all connected to the Creator. SICC provides First Nations with educational resources and language workshops that derive from their land-based and sacred language curricula. These opportunities and resources are available to anyone who is interested in language revitalization.
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