Dr. Welch’s research contributes to the vital task of preserving Innu-aimun and Labrador Inuttitut, the threatened Aboriginal languages of Labrador. His three-pronged approach focuses on training skilled personnel at Memorial University and in Aboriginal communities, supporting and expanding records of Labrador languages, and moving existing documentation online so that community members can access it freely and easily.
The importance of this work is profound. Preservation of language is the most significant correlate of health in Aboriginal communities. Communities where Aboriginal languages are spoken regularly tend to have dramatically improved outcomes in societal and individual health. Where language and culture flourish, so do people. Preserving Labrador languages contributes directly to community health, pride, and the ongoing Aboriginal renascence.
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