NWT announces Mentor-Apprentice Program for language learning


The Government of the Northwest Territories has announced a dedicated training program for those who are interested in learning one of NWT’s Indigenous languages. Under The Mentor-Apprentice Program, 10 student and mentor pairs will complete 200 hours of language immersion over the course of approximately nine months. During this time, the student will increase their understanding of the language by “living life in the language.” Training will be provided for Dene Kǝdǝ́, Dëne Sųłıné, Dene Zhatıé, Dinjii Zhu’ Ginjik, Inuinnaqtun, Inuvialuktun, nēhiyawēwin, and Tłı̨chǫ. Pairs will be paid for their time through government funding, and NWT will give priority access to the program to NWT residents who are committed to sharing their language after completing the program.

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