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Deline, Northwest Territories. Photo: Eilís Quinn, Radio Canada  International Saturday, March 17, 2012

Deline, Northwest Territories

I can’t stop thinking about a conversation I had with a local Dene woman when I was in the hotel this evening.

We were taking about education in the Northwest Territories and she brought up how unfair it was to the aboriginal population that they weren’t educated- from kindergarten through to university – in their own langauges.

The example she gave me was how she grew up speaking Slavey at home, but was never educated in it.

Then, when she went to school, she was educated with an English-language curriculum from southern Canada that had no relevance to her day-to-day life.

“Now, I don’t speak either language fluently,” she said. “Why do they do that to us?

“It would be like forbidding people in Korea to be educated in Korean and focing them to be educated in English only. Would that seem fair? Than why do they do the same thing here?”

Write to Eilís Quinn at eilis.quinn(at)

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn, Eye on the Arctic

Eilís Quinn is a journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic circumpolar news project. At Eye on the Arctic, Eilís has produced documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world. Her documentary Bridging the Divide was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards. Eilís began reporting on the North in 2001. Her work as a reporter in Canada and the United States, and as TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China" has taken her to some of the world’s coldest regions including the Tibetan mountains, Greenland and Alaska; along with the Arctic regions of Canada, Russia, Norway and Iceland.

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