Andrew Reuben speaks Cree, and wants to help share the language with others. (Screenshot: Broadview Mag/YouTube)

Topics: Spirituality | Indigenous

This Cree speaker and healer is passionate about preserving his language

Andrew Reuben sees Cree as "the foundation of renewal"


Andrew Reuben grew up learning Cree, but at Bishop Horden Memorial School, a residential school, he was told not to speak it. Now, as an older adult, he’s teaching it to his children and over Zoom to his colleagues at Weecheetowin Support Services in Batchewana, Ont., where he works as a cultural and health support worker.

The language provides belonging and identity, Reuben says.

You can hear more of his thoughts on learning Cree and its importance in the video below.

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