Week 6

Mi’kmaq in Action

Before you read: these articles may seem similar but they are about different issues that the Mi’kmaq face directly and tell you about themselves. The first video is about language loss as the second video is about heritage and culture loss.


Do You Speak My Language – Mi’kmaq at First Nations School in Nova Scotia

May 31st, 2012

This video is about the question of why young kids do not speak the tribal language of the Mi’kmaq. They go into depth of how easy it is for older tribe members to lose their language when they learn English. They blame the media and the fact that it is so important to speak English so in trying to fit in, they lost their tongue.

This video is made by the First Nations in Nova Scotia and was uploaded by Rob Smith. I can’t find out much about Rob Smith but the School is a young children’s school and mostly has Mi’kmaq children.

The purpose of the video is to show the importance of keeping their language and to show how they themselves are confused on how this could have happened. It was made for Educational purposes.

Smith, Rob. (2012, May 31) Do You Speak My Language-Mi’kmaq at First Nations School in Nova Scotia Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSeqqbdR70M

Mi’kMaq identity – Mi’kmaq: First Nation people

May 3rd, 2013

This video is about the identity of the people, the language and the concepts they lose when they embrace the american culture. They are losing their own heritage and it is very hard to get back.

The video does not include who made the video or who the people are. It was amde by Learn On Youtube.

The purpose is Educational. To teach that their heritage is not a very accepted heritage but they do not want to lose it and they want to teach it to others as well.

Learn On Youtube. (2013, May 3) Mi’kmaq identity-Mi’kmaq: First Nation People Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGIw25_ML3U



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