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The fate of Indigenous languages is not only a Canadian issue but a global one. In a 2019 speech, the President of the United Nations explained that globally approximately two Indigenous languages go extinct per month. That tragedy is too devastating for words.
In Canada, residential schools created a lasting impact on Indigenous language. Children were removed from their families, not allowed to speak their languages, and subjected to repeated abuse for engaging with their own culture. Residential schools were very nearly responsible for the destruction of several Indigenous languages, but, thankfully, there are now many people involved in trying to safeguard Indigenous languages across Canada so that they will not be forgotten.