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Now, schools teach the language. But teaching the language, notes the Outlook, is only part of the equation. Like anything, it has to be relevant.
As a result, the school at Morley, where the reserve is located, includes a strong cultural component in its curriculum. In these classes, students learn about their own culture, their history — all while also teaching skills that will allow graduates to get jobs or to receive further collegiate training.
Preserving their language is also a celebration of their culture and an affirmation that they are survivors, says the Outlook. “They are not, as once believed, mere charges of the government, but instead, in control of their future and their identity.”
Even so, survival of the language is iffy. Popular culture and mainstream media are in English.
Climate change top of mind
BANFF, Alberta – When do deer turn into elk, and elk into moose? Tourists may still ask those questions, but nowadays they’re also asking about climate change in the mountains, reports the Rocky Mountain Outlook.
To that end, the Banff Centre this week held a two-day session entitled “Communicating Climate Change.”
“A lot of guides have been getting questions and/or comments from their guests about climate change, both in winter and in summer,” explained Dave Verhultz, executive director of the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association.
“People want to know, either what they (guides) think about climate change, if they think it’s affecting the Rockies, and are we worried about it.”
Added Verhultz: “It’s amazing how much it’s in the forefront of people’s minds.”
Bear jumps from roof
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – People strolling down Steamboat’s Lincoln Avenue, the town’s main street, were startled Sunday night when a bear jumped down from the roof of a diner.
The Steamboat Pilot & Today explains that the bear had been in an alley when a driver saw it, so the bear scrambled up a stairway to the roof. Before wildlife authorities could be called, the bear figured its own, unorthodox route of escape. Although the bear caused some excitement a block away, near another restaurant, there were no direct confrontations before the bear climbed a tree.
Vail handling tree loss
VAIL, Colo. – Hillsides of lodgepole pine trees in Vail have turned rust colored, victims of fungus introduced by bark beetles. But a research team from the University of Illinois finds no real shock yet in responses to a survey conducted last year of 29 residents.