Fourth Circle (page 4A): Language and Culture

Version 1

    Why

     

    Language and Culture come from relationship and understanding of land as foundation.

     

    Language and Culture are as varied as people who make up nations and communities.

     

    Preservation and revitalization of Language and Culture is essential to positive self-identity for Indigenous students.

     

    Awareness of culture, communities, and nations is important for all learners.

     

    It is vital to understand and value the historical and contemporary contributions and achievements of Indigenous peoples.

     

    While Culture and Language are living and some components may evolve, some components and traditions are sacred and unalterable.

     

    Identity is directly rooted in relationship to the language and culture of …

     

    For Indigenous people, Language and Culture means:

    • Who I am.
    • Where I come from and how I got here.
    • Relationship to the community.
    • Oral tradition.