Northwest Territories Literacy Council

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Why are Aboriginal languages important?

Our language is immensely important to us, because it symbolizes, in a very concrete way, the cultural group we belong to.  Language embodies culture:  we use it to define our world and make sense of it.  It shapes the way we look at the world, giving us our worldview.  We use language to transmit our culture and worldview from one generation to the next.  (Multiple Literacies, NWTLC)