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Canada MP gives speech in Mohawk language in parliamentary first | World news | The Guardian

3.6.17

Canada MP gives speech in Mohawk language in parliamentary first | World news | The Guardian: “I stand here to honour the Mohawk language and I pay my respects to their people. Hopefully it will help to us to become better friends,” Marc Miller said at the start of Canada’s National Aboriginal History Month on Thursday.

“I also hope that we will hear the Mohawk language a lot more often here and that more Canadians will be proud to use it to speak to one another.”

Miller, who a non-Indigenous politician from Quebec, has been studying Mohawk since the start of the new year at a language program run by Six Nations of the Grand River, Canada’s largest reserve, located about an hour west of Toronto.

Miller, who is bilingual in English and French, said he decided to learn an indigenous language when he saw English-speaking colleagues on the Quebec caucus attempting to learn French.


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