A Surge in Online Learning Is Helping Revive Indigenous Languages

As indigenous language classes become more accessible to people living away from tribal lands, they risk becoming less accessible to those living on them

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“People living off-territory, we have a right to our language and sometimes for economic reasons or family reasons or whatever, we can’t be at home.”

Isadore Toulouse teaches a remote Anishinaabemowin class from his kitchen on Ottawa and Chippewa land in Suttons Bay, Michigan.

“Even in terms of gross numbers, I’m not sure that’s a perfect offset for what we’re losing.”

Lindsay VanSomeren is a freelance writer living in Seattle, WA. She covers personal finance, science, and Indigenous affairs.

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