Students from two Regina schools were at Government House for a book reading Monday morning in both Plains Cree and English.
“A Tale of a Tail” was translated to eight different languages, all of which were the languages spoken by First Nations people in Saskatchewan.
For many of the languages, this is the first book of the language published.
Author Mike Parkhill said the book has been well-received by First Nations communities.
“When we started connecting the Reveal App with the book, because then you could hear how the language was supposed to be spoken from an Elder, or from a natural, first speaker, not from a second speaker.”
Lieutenant Governor Thomas Molloy took part in the reading, along with Parkhill and Elder Betty McKenna.
Plains Cree translator Jean Okinasis said the book hopes to make it easier for kids to learn the language.
“Because of the repetition, the students will of course remember that part, they’ll remember the repeating, and you can put different words at the end or nouns.”
Okinasis adds she feels many languages could become extinct if they are not translated in written word, as many only existed in spoken word.