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Generations Members: Generations and Mark Turin

generations members: The language is really important to me, personally, because it's a way to connect with my community and really bridge the gap between the generations, according to National Observer. Members of her nation were fluent in the dialect about three generations ago, before they were sent to residential schools, Erickson said. To me, it's a bit of a symbol, she said. The Grade 10 student said she's been told generations since then were afraid to teach the language to their children. Languages don't die naturally but are actively snuffed out, usually by colonial forces, said Mark Turin, chairman of the First Nations and endangered languages program at the University of British Columbia. They didn't want the same experiences they went through to happen to their children if they passed on this language that was kind of looked down upon, Erickson said. ( As reported in the news.