Pinehouse educator revitalizes Cree language with cultural knowledge, intergenerational class

An educator from Pinehouse Saskatchewan is working to revitalize the Cree language by teaching students the Cree language, traditions, and culture. When Blair Iron returned to Pinehouse after completing his Bachelor of Education, he found that many students could no longer speak Cree fluently as he could when growing up, and decided to take action to reverse the trend. While his students find learning Cree difficult, Iron said that they are keen to learn and he is incorporating cultural knowledge and language into each of his classes. Iron recently started an intergenerational Cree language class in which students and their parents or guardians can learn the language together, practicing at home and becoming more fluent. “I want to mix it in, so that both age groups can get that experience,” said Iron. “My dream is to have our children speaking fluently, in our community, with one another again.”

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