The Charity Report (July 20, 2020)
Language isn't just about definitions for certain things and grammatical rules. It reflects an entire worldview, shaped by centuries of culture and history.
“Language is ‘a conveyor of culture’ and the means by which knowledge, skills, and cultural values are expressed and maintained,” wrote the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH) in its 2016 paper, Culture and Language as Social Determinants of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Health.
“Language maintenance and continuity are critical to revitalizing culture and to the survival of any Indigenous people.”
Take the word for the Internet in Inuktitut as an example. Ikiaqqijjut means my body stays here, but my soul goes to visit other places.