More recently, the
Government of Canada has recognized the importance of Aboriginal languages and
cultures (Guèvremont & Kohen, 2012). The 2002 Speech from
the Throne (a speech that officially opens every new session of parliament in
Canada and sets out the broad goals and directions of the government and the
initiatives it will undertake to accomplish those goals; made a commitment to
help preserve, revitalise, and promote First Nations, Inuit and Me ?tis
languages and cultures (Guèvremont & Kohen, 2012). As a result of this commitment, Heritage Canada (a department of the
Canadian Federal Government) established an Aboriginal Languages and Cultures
Centre as well as a Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures (2005) (Guèvremont
& Kohen, 2012). As well, many provincial
governments have made a commitment to Aboriginal languages (Guèvremont
& Kohen, 2012). In February 1997, Alberta,
British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, and the
Yukon Territory signed a memorandum agreeing to pool resources to develop an
Aboriginal Languages Framework (Guèvremont & Kohen, 2012). The provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan have produced documents
focusing on the education policy of Aboriginal students; both documents include
a focus on Aboriginal language curriculum (Guèvremont & Kohen,
2012).

Aboriginal Peoples recognizes that the revitalization of
traditional languages is a key component in the creation of healthy individuals
and communities (Guèvremont & Kohen, 2012).

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