Use of Indigenous Languages on the Rise in Canada

The Cilldi Indigenous Language and Literacy class at University of Alberta

Indigenous languages appear to be making a comeback in Canada, in large part thanks to youth.

The newest Canadian Census showed that 213, 230 people recognize an Indigenous language as their mother tongue, while 228, 770 people speak an Indigenous language at home.

Compared to the previous Census a large spike has been seen in young people speaking the language, with 44,000 people aged 0-14 listing an Indigenous language as a mother tongue, while 55,970 speak an Indigenous language at home regularly.

The ability to learn Indigenous languages is becoming more and more accessible online, and language classes have become widely present in Alberta.

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Owen Fullerton
Owen is brand new to the radio industry. Graduating from Niagara College in 2017 with a broadcasting for radio and TV diploma, Owen decided to start his career up here in the North. A huge sports fan, music junkie, and Netflix binge watcher, he is pretty talented at wasting an obscene amount of time on these things. Owen is excited to see what the North and CKLB radio has in store for him.

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