Elder Speaker issues
Terry J. Klokeid
klokeid at victoria.tc.ca
Thu Mar 20 04:09:41 UTC 2008
The most significant problem we face in our language recovery program has
nothing to do with technology, it is this.
Our Elder Speakers had their language literally beaten out of them by the vile,
criminal school system imposed by the British and later governments. They have
started to speak again, but find it hard to do so. They speak their language to
the linguist, but cannot speak freely to the Nation's own children, and young
parents in the community. I can supply many anecdotes if you wish.
How do we deal with this?
How can we help our Elders to overcome the criminal way they were treated, to
speak without shame, and pass the Language on to the next generations?
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