Youngsters be taught Mi’kmaq language at Esgenoôpetitj’s first immersion camp – New Brunswick |

Children learn Mi’kmaq language at Esgenoôpetitj’s first immersion camp - New Brunswick |

2022-08-06 02:56:25

Ten youngsters from Esgenoôpetitj First Nation spent the week studying Mi’kmaq as a part of the neighborhood’s first immersion summer season camp.

Twelve-year-old Eldon Taylor is already hoping there can be one other camp subsequent summer season.

“I discovered a number of issues, like my language, my unique tongue, I discovered about my tradition, I discovered so many issues,” he stated on Friday.

He stated his mom could be very joyful when he tells her “Kesalul,” which interprets to “I like you.”

“She’s actually ecstatic once I say that as a result of I by no means used to speak to her in Mi’kmaq,” he stated.

Siblings Xander and Samoqon Perley loved making drums and rattles from moose cover through the camp as studying new phrases.

“My favorite phrase is kitpu, it means eagle,” Ten-year-old Xander stated.

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Lead instructor Karen Somerville stated the kids’s pleasure over studying the language introduced her a number of pleasure.

“I see it, and so they’re so keen! They’re so proud that they really did one thing that comes from historical past and their ancestor had practiced the identical factor,” she stated.

“As quickly as a toddler begins listening to it, they begin responding to it naturally and it’s such a lovely factor to see. Seeing our youngsters converse it, they’re shy, the sound typically may be laborious sounds however they can transfer it into their vocabulary and use the language correctly, so yeah I’m very happy.”

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Mission coordinator Candida Nickerson stated the objective was to show the kids the language whereas partaking in conventional actions like drum-making and kayaking.

“Our language is a extremely descriptive language, in order we’ve been creating our drums, our rattles, our actions, (Somerville’s) been explaining to them what it means and the definition of the phrase and the phrase to hopefully assist them bear in mind. As a result of it’s the motion that they’re gonna affiliate with the phrase.”

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She stated that whereas a lot of the youngsters had some earlier publicity to the language both by way of their mother and father, or by way of their training on the Esgenoôpetitj college, this was a uncommon event to be immersed in it and work together with different audio system.

Whereas Nickerson’s mother and father spoke Mi’kmaq, she primarily grew up talking English. She stated educating the language helps her be taught on the identical time.

“The language is inside me. It’s inside my DNA. It’s part of who I’m, I used to be born with it. It’s simply sleeping. So what I’m doing proper now could be I’m waking it up. So I’m waking it by way of this revitalization committee, by way of these camps and I hope to encourage this with all our youngsters, we have to wake it up.”

She is hoping to safe funding to make this an annual occasion. Whereas she is hopeful it can work out, younger Eldon Taylor is able to step in if wanted.

“If there isn’t any funding then I need to begin a GoFundMe and hold this going,” he stated.

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