Quote: Originally Posted by gerryh
as I said, I have found only 4 Catholic Schools in Edmonton that offer Cree, aside from them the only other Aboriginal language courses available are through university. You have made it sound like Cree and Blackfoot is available in a wide number of schools throughout the Province.
It wouldn't matter if not a single school were teaching it. The point is that the Alberta Government has officially granted each school the freedom to choose its second language of instruction for itself, unlike in Ontario where it is dictated from on high. At least in Alberta, the possibility is there without legal interruption, unlike in Ontario.
And before anyone makes reference to Reserves, that's an exception in Ontario, where they are allowed to teach them. But if we're going to go by their standards, in the provicne of Quebec, Cree-medium schools exist up to grade four already and are develiping further. In Ontario, to the best of my knowledge, it's only as a second-language, and that's on the reseves only. In Alberta, it applies province-wide, like I said, at least in principle even if few if any schools have chosen to exercise that freedom. I'm pointing out that in Ontario, the option itself doesn't exist.
Just another example of Ontario's comparatively conservative education policy, even by Alberta and, at least on reserves, Quebec standards.