As part of 2021 Indigenous Languages month, the NWT Literacy Council and the Indigenous Languages and Education Secretariat are encouraging residents to celebrate the importance of food and cooking in cultural traditions, identity, and community.
During February, residents will be able to try recipes from one of the Regional Recipe Books and learn to cook using one of the NWT’s nine official Indigenous languages.
This digital recipe book will be available online on the ECE website and released on social media throughout the month.
Minister of Education, Culture and Employment RJ Simpson says that the nine official NWT Indigenous languages shape the identity of Northerners and showcases how truly unique residents are with rich culture and heritage.
“It is of the utmost importance that all of us continue the work of preserving and revitalizing these languages through celebration and practice,” he adds.
Regional Indigenous Governments have also been provided celebratory grants to produce videos and other creative projects that promote, celebrate, and engage people in Indigenous Languages Month.