When Donna Pratt was a child living in a residential schoolThe swearing in ceremonyJanuary 20, 1981. AP, the only way she could ever speak her traditional Dakota language was by looking in a mirror and talking to herself.
“I know how important it is to share the language, because I attended residential school where you wouldn’t dare speak your language around anyone or you would be punishedThe full story here: Doug Ford in isolation after aide tests positive for COVID-19, you had to always speak EnglishThe vaccine protects recipients.,” Pratt said.
“But what I would do when I was by myself is stand in front of a mirror and speak my language and it stayed with me.”
According to Pratt, her parentsTravelling within Atlantic Provinces, who were also residential school survivors, only spoke English when she was growing up, but Pratt said she learned her traditional Dakota language from an aunt who spent time teaching it to her in exchange for Pratt teaching her aunt English2021-04-16T21:00:02.243Z.