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Yukon, Jul 26 (Canadian-Media): At least 10,000 pages of Yukon Indigenous language books material earlier available only on paper have been have been scanned, organized and published in eight indigenous languages of Yukon and made freely available online, media reports said.
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The eight languages in which the material -- which used to be available within the Yukon College office of the Yukon Native Language Centre -- has been published are: Gwich'in, Han, Kaska, Northern Tutchone, Southern Tutchone, Tagish, Tlingit and Upper Tanana.
The material can be found at www.ynlc.ca under the languages tab.
"Until now people from the communities would have to come into the language centre to access any resources. Or they'd have to put in an order and it would be mailed out to them. And they weren't free," said Krista Dempster, Language curriculum developer.
Scanning benefited people to search the records electronically, for one word or a person's name.
"You can actually search through all of the 10,000 pages that have been scanned," Dempster said.
The online publication only happened after a change in management of the Yukon government, which earlier this year, handed over responsibility for the Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) to the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN).
CYFN has proposed to change the YNLC, which earlier was just a resource to certify teachers, into a community school, reaching out to anyone interested in learning a Yukon Indigenous language.
YNLC's website already has a dictionary for Kaska that features pronunciations recorded by elders in communities and is now planning to add more audio.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, Jul 17 (Canadian-Media): A summer camp that teaches science, technology, engineering and math -- also known as STEM -- from an Indigenous perspective is being attended by the high school students from Aamjiwnaang First Nation and Six Nations of The Grand River, media reports said.
A 15-day course taking place at the Six Nations Polytechnic campus in Ohsweken, Ontario, known as Gaǫdewayęhstaˀ Ohwęjagehka:ˀ (Learning on the Land) is one of five similar camps in Ontario organized by Actua, a national organization dedicated to promoting STEM among youth.
"It's part of our national program to reach out to Indigenous communities and youth ... and introduce them to STEM," said Doug Dokis, senior advisor for Actua's national InSTEM program.
"It's to take them on the land and help them to recognize and identify with ... Indigenous land-based knowledge and connecting [it with STEM]."
The message behind a new outdoor summer camp happening this week for students from Six Nations and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation is that Science, technology, engineering and math doesn't just happen in classrooms and labs.
The organization ran a pilot camp last year and this year is an official launch.
During the course, students are connected with local knowledge-keepers and elders and receive a high school credit for participation in the camp.
Dokis had just visited a sister camp organized by Actua in Akwesasne, a Mohawk nation on both banks of the St. Lawrence River.
He told Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre about how students there caught and dissected sturgeon and were instructed by a knowledge-keeper about how the spinal cord of the fish is used to make traditional lacrosse sticks.
"Kids learn better when they're involved directly with experiences on the land," Dokis said.
"Indigenous communities and people have always known this, so we've been ... developing these programs in as many communities across the country as we can."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)