ERIC Number: ED462238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Daghida: Cold Lake First Nation Works towards Dene Language Revitalization.
Blair, Heather; Rice, Sally; Wood, Valerie; Janvier, John
A partnership between Cold Lake First Nations and the University of Alberta, the Daghida Project, aims to revitalize Dene Suline--the local dialect of the Dene language--and the culture that depends upon it. Residential schools had a devastating effect on the Dene language and way of life, disrupting normal linguistic and cultural transmission between the generations. Today, less than 15 percent of band members are competent in Dene Suline, and most of these are elders. The project has three components: linguistic, sociolinguistic, and psycholinguistic research; language retention and education; and cultural preservation and revival. Present and future research focuses on patterns of language use, community attitudes toward language revitalization, the lexicon and grammar, communication behaviors related to language acquisition, aspects of language processing that differ between fluent and less competent speakers, and use of gestures. Ongoing and proposed educational activities include an elders' advisory board; adult language and literacy classes, aimed particularly at young parents; a weekly community meal; a language festival; Dene immersion daycare; activities at the K-8 school; and university-level language and teacher-education classes. The cultural component includes archiving of cultural knowledge, production and dissemination of cultural materials, and summer language and culture immersion camps for the whole community. (Contains 18 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: Adult Education, American Indian Education, Canada Natives, Community Programs, Cultural Education, Cultural Maintenance, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Language Maintenance, Language Research, Material Development, Native Language Instruction, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada