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To Wake Up the Nakota Language

To Wake Up the Nakota Language

| 6 min

“When you don’t know your language or your culture, you don’t know who you are,” says 69-year-old Armand McArthur, one of the last fluent Nakota speakers in Pheasant Rump First Nation, Treaty 4 territory, in southern Saskatchewan. Through the wisdom of his words, Armand is committed to revitalizing his language and culture for his community and future generations.

  • writer
    Louise BigEagle
  • director
    Louise BigEagle
  • director of photography
    aAron Munson
  • editor
    Trevor Aikman
  • sound designer
    Cary Ciesielski
  • mentoring director
    Robin Schlaht
  • sound recordist
    David Roman
  • stills photographer
    Taryn Snell
  • Nakota translation
    Armand McArthur
  • assistant editor
    Logan Vanghel
  • technical coordination
    Luc Binette
    Candice Desormeaux
  • technical support - editing
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
  • titles
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • online editing
    Serge Verreault
  • recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • legal counsel
    Christian Pitchen
  • centre operations manager
    Darin Clausen
  • administrator
    Bree Beach
  • production coordinator
    Faye Yoneda
  • production supervisor
    Esther Viragh
  • marketing manager
    Leslie Stafford
  • publicist
    Katja De Bock
  • associate producer
    Dara Moats
  • producer
    Jon Montes
  • executive producer
    David Christensen


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Ages 12 to 18

Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Indigenous Studies - Identity/Society
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

This short film sends a message about the necessity for language revitalization and culture, and can prompt class discussions, essays and research projects. What is the connection between language and cultural identity? How is this story relevant to the majority of Indigenous languages that span across what is now Canada? Research an Indigenous language group that is near or of interest to you. How many Indigenous languages exist within Canada and what laws, policies, beliefs and actions were taken by the Canadian government to contribute to the demise of Indigenous languages? The United Nations has declared a Decade of Indigenous Languages, beginning in 2022, to draw attention to Indigenous language users’ human rights. Why is it important to support the revitalization of Indigenous languages?

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