QC cégeps share video of Indigenous students speaking out about Bill 96

Champlain College Saint-Lambert, Dawson College, Heritage College, John Abbott College, and Vanier College have released a video featuring Indigenous students speaking out about the barrier that Bill 96 will create for them. The bill requires students who are attending English cegeps to complete an additional three French courses, starting this Fall. Some students noted that these changes have led them to reconsider postsecondary studies, while others discussed how the new requirements put learning their own language and culture in jeopardy. “They’re talking about preserving their language, but what about ours?” said Angela Ottereyes, who is Cree. “French is my third language. And I feel like as I’m learning more, I’m forgetting my own language.”

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