a teacher and Maliseet speaker has committed much of her
time and knowledge to the people of St. Mary's, Kingclear and Tobique N.B.
...Imelda Perley teaches language and culture at the University of New Brunswick.She
also runs"Wolastoq Language and Cultural Centre
" in St. Mary's.She
runs a language teaching program for all members of the community and for young students who want to learn the language but are unable to attend University.
We see Imelda
teaching the language to three generations of students who are interested in learning.These language sessions involve doing laundry, setting the table, sweeping, etc, everything involving daily life.Having a talking circle Imelda
feels, is an important way to finish a language session.
We follow her
students to the bowling alley to learn hands on about all aspects of bowling.Later we visit with an elder Charles Soloman, who talks to Imelda
about the art of basket making using language as a tool.