Fashion designer reviving indigenous languages one garment at a time

Brandi Morin is contributing to Canada’s ‘indigenous renaissance’ and helping to fight the decline of the Cree and Mohawk languages

Like many indigenous people in Canada, Brandi Morin did not grow up speaking the language of her ancestors – the result of decades of government policies meant to strip the country’s aboriginal people of their identity.

Those policies mean that although nearly 2 million people in Canada identify as indigenous, only 263,000 can speak an indigenous language. Community leaders and government officials have attempted to fight the decline, allowing indigenous languages in parliament and proposing funding boosts for language education.

But ordinary people are also joining in the fight, using apps, immersion programs – and even fashion – to rekindle interest in the languages.

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