Natives, educators hail release of dictionary

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The irony has never been lost on Imelda Perley.

The only time she would usually hear fluent Maliseet, the language with which she grew up on New Brunswick’s Tobique reserve, was during funerals.

It’s almost as if it was a sign from the ancestors that if this is the only place that we’re going to be using our language and people are dying, then our language is also dying,” says Perley, who along with her husband David, teaches at the Mi’kmaq- Maliseet Institute at the University of New Brunswick.


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