Native Montreal is offering free classes in six Indigenous languages this fall. The classes are part of an effort to revitalize Indigenous languages and are funded by Canadian Heritage. The classes also serve as a way to introduce non-Indigenous people to the Indigenous languages spoken in Quebec.
The classes are offered by Native Montreal, an Aboriginal organization that provides health, education, and cultural services to Indigenous people in the Greater Montreal area. Registering as a member is free and open to all.
These are introductory classes designed to provide an opportunity for Indigenous people to learn their languages, and to help those with limited knowledge to improve. The languages offered are Atikamekw, Anishinaabe, Huron-wendat, Kanien’keha, Innu, Inuktituk, and Cree. The classes are for ages 13 and up, with Inuktituk also offered for kids 6 to 10 years old.
To enroll, you must first register as a member. Space is limited, with priority given to Indigenous members, then to non-Indigenous members in direct contact with an Indigenous person, such as a tutor, parent, social worker, etc, then to non-Indigenous members.
The semester starts Sept. 17 and includes 11, two- hour classes. Weekly classes are offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weeknights and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays, and take place at 3183 St. Jacques St. in Montreal.
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