The Mi’gmaq Research Partnership had a busy summer. Research assistants Carol Little (McGill BA 2012) and Yuliya Manyakina (incoming PhD student) spent their summers at the Education Directorate in Listuguj attending Mi’gmaq classes, working on building CAN-8 online language lessons, promoting the Master-Apprentice Program, and conducting their own linguistic research. With help from students in the community, the Mi’gmaq Research Partnership hosted its first Mi’gmaq Language Summer Workshop on August 6th, 2013 in Listuguj, QC.
The goal of the workshop was to inform community members about resources available for Mi’gmaq language-learning, and to foster dialogue between Elders and young language learners. The program included two guest speakers, as well as a focussed discussion groups involving students and Elders. Booths were set up around the venue and included a range of topics. In addition to booths led by community members, McGill PhD student Gretchen McCulloch led a booth on tips for learning an Algonquian language, and Hisako Noguchi (Concordia linguistics) provided information on the benefits of bilingualism.