Cree classes offer locals opportunity to learn language, culture

By Angela Brown
October 9, 2018 - 5:00pm

Local area residents interested in learning a little bit of Cree have an opportunity to attend a series of free introductory classes on the language being offered throughout October. 

Classes take place each Monday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Battlefords Indian and Métis Friendship Centre.  
Executive director Jackie Kennedy said the Friendship Centre hosted Cree classes in the past so staff are glad to be able to offer them again.
"We run a program that we're bringing back culture into people's lives," Kennedy said. "This is part of something that is missing in a lot of people's lives — the Cree language."

She said many Indigenous people have lost their culture and language, adding many who speak Cree aren't practicing the language which is stalling it from being passed to the next generation.

Moreover, the legacy of the Residential School system in Canada has had a lasting impact on many Indigenous families who have been robbed of their language and culture when they were forced to assimilate. 

Classes are open to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. All ages are welcome to attend. 

While people are encouraged to register for the classes in advance they are also welcome to just drop in to take part.  

"It's a class that anybody can enjoy," Kennedy said.

The next class will take place Oct. 15.


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