Speak­ing Up

The Walrus - - LETTERS -

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

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