Calgary, Alta. – The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD) and the Lodgepole Center, ACAD’s Indigenous resource space have partnered with the Tsuut’ina Nation to help revitalize the traditional Dené language. Taught by Tsuut’ina Language Commissioner Elder Bruce Starlight, the program is being supported with generous funding from the Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage.
“The foundation of Indigenous art has always been in individual thought. There are no two designs in the traditional beadwork. The creators of the designs often spend hours drawing and redrawing patterns. Understanding and appreciating yourself through language is a stepping stone to creativity.” said Elder Bruce Starlight.
The free 10-week course which will be held at the ACAD Lodgepole Center starts October 10 and runs through December 12, and is open to the general public. Demand for the course has been strong, demonstrating the public’s interest in Indigenous languages and teachings.
All available participant places were filled before the registration cut-off date of September 17, and a waiting list for any additional spots that become available has been created.
“ACAD is proud that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations and our responsibility to them as a post-secondary institution are being demonstrated through the offering of this course. ACAD and the Lodgepole Center thank the Government of Canada for providing the funding for the Dené Language Revitalization program because they believe this course is valued and is relevant to Treaty 7 and its peoples,” said Tina Kinnee-Brown, Indigenous Coordinator, Lodgepole Center
Please visit acad.ca/lodgepole for more information.