New Wolastoqey language immersion school prepares to open in NB this fall

A Wolastoqey language immersion school is set to open in Fredericton, New Brunswick this fall. The Kehkimin Wolastoqey language immersion school was granted a one-year lease earlier this week at Killarney Lodge, where it will rent the ground floor for $1. After this, the school will relocate to a nearby house for a four-year term, which will also cost $1. “We are committed to seeking out and acting upon opportunities that support truth and reconciliation actions with the Wolastoqey Nation and to helping with the preservation of their language,” said Fredericton Mayor Kate Rogers. Since the house is currently in need of serious repairs, the school is running a fundraising campaign to pay for renovations. At its launch, the school will offer kindergarten to grade 4 students from Frederiction, St Mary’s, Oromocto, and Kingsclear an education in Wolastoqey. “The only way you can preserve the language is if the whole family can learn it together,” said Wolastoq Grand Council Chief Ron Tremblay, who helped develop the curriculum.