The Listuguj Education Directorate and the McGill Linguistics Department are hosting the first Mi’gmaq Language Summer Workshop on August 6th, 2013. This motivational workshop will inform community members about resources available for Mi’gmaq language-learning. There will be guest speakers, activities, and cultural booths set up around the venue to encourage and promote the Mi’gmaq language learning efforts that are ongoing in the community. There will also be a prize raffle at the end of the workshop.
Registration is free but if you are planning to attend we ask you to RSVP on the Facebook event page. If you have any questions or comments please email Carol (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Yuliya (email@example.com).
Tentative Schedule (Subject to change) All times in NB time.
Tuesday August 6th – At the Listuguj Bingo Hall
(Cultural Booths/tables can be set up before or during breakfast hour)
10 am - Doors Open – coffee and breakfast (provided). Opening prayer.
10:30 am - General welcome from Listuguj Education Directorate, workshop organizers, and Chief Dean Vicaire. Pugwales singers and Mi’gmaq Immersion students sing Gepmite’tmnej to open workshop.
10:45-11:15 am - Guest Speaker (Bernard Jerome)
Former Gesgapegiaq chief and fluent Mi’gmaq speaker
11:15-12:00 pm - Guest Speaker (Jaime Battiste)
Citizenship coordinator at Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative and fluent Mi’gmaq Speaker
12:15-1:00 pm - LUNCH (provided)
1:10-2:00 pm - Student-organized activities
2-2:45 pm - Discussion groups
2:45-3:30 pm - Booth walk around
3-3:30 pm - Closing remarks/prayer and prize raffle (kobo mini)
3:30-4:00 pm - Final booth walk around
Booths around the venue will include:
- Bernard Jerome - talk about the medicinal properties of plants and the significance of the pipe and drum
- Listuguj Education Directorate - information on Mi’gmaq classes and Mi’gmaq langauge-learning references and resources
- Vicky Metallic – resources and information on the Master-Apprentice Language-Learning Program in Listuguj
- Gretchen McCulloch – tips from a linguist on learning an Algonquian language
- Hisako Noguchi - information on the benefits of bilingualism
We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada.