New Indigenous languages initiative provides children’s books to sick kids

November 15, 2017

Prince’s Charities Canada (PCC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Canadian Heritage and the Manitoba Children’s Hospital Indigenous Language Program to produce five illustrated children’s books in Cree, Ojibwe, Oji-Cree and Inuktitut.

The books will focus on themes of childhood development and health care and be available to children at the hospital. They will include phonetics and the English translation and be recorded in each of the four Indigenous languages.

Prince’s Charities Canada has been working with community groups on preserving and revitalizing Indigenous languages since 2014. “I am immensely proud of this new project, which helps Indigenous children deal with the struggles of illness while learning their traditional language and culture,” said HRH The Prince of Wales. “I hope that these books provide an equal measure of comfort and pride to the families supported by the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, made the funding announcement today in Winnipeg. “There is no relationship more important to our government than the one with Indigenous Peoples. We know that the preservation, revitalization and promotion of Indigenous languages is a vital part of the process of reconciliation,” said the Minister.

Along with the participation of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, PCC is working with SayITFirst, the First Nations University of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre, on this new project.

This initiative is funded through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Languages Initiative, which supports community-based language projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages and increase their use in community settings.

Learn more about PCC’s work helping Indigenous communities and groups revitalize and preserve their languages

The official press release is available here: