The point about government funding for French-immersion schools is salient (“In Their Own Words,” March). Yearly funding for Nunavut’s francophone minority totalled $4,000 per person, while Inuit-language programs work out to $44 per person. At best, this money helps francophones outside Quebec protect their language ( although for many people west of Ontario, it is simply a means of obtaining cultural capital for non-francophone children). At worst, it hampers Indigenous language and cultural revitalization efforts. It troubles me that we continue to privilege the two colonizing settler-cultures above all others under the guise of political bilingualism. In a primarily anglophone country, it is absurd that Cree children can find more and better-resourced French-immersion schools than schools that teach in their own language.
Anson Ching Vancouver, BC
@walrusmagazine This is a great article. It made me want to learn Cree.— @Lauchlin