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Indigenous language immersion houses popping up across the country


A group of indigenous artists called the Onaman Collective, are working to rejuvenate Indigenous language through immersion houses.

Visitors to immersion houses dwell together to speak only Anishnaabemowin or Nehiyawewin for up to three days.

Onaman collective member and Metis artist Christi Belcourt said language is essential to our identity, and who we are as indigenous people.

Organizers are hoping to create a community of learners who find inspiration in the beauty of indigenous languages.

Language is shared through storytelling, interactive games and one on one lessons by elders and teachers.

The next language house will take place in Edmonton, Alberta and will focus on Nehiyawewin (Cree) language from April 8 to 10.

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