Non-standard French in the Uashat mak Mani-Utenam reserve: a case study

Simon Desmarais – Blog post 2

Reading and learning about language, society and ethnicity in the past week made me think of a particular situation from my own personal experience. We could almost call it a ‘case study’, quite related to the ‘Language and Critical Race theory’ framework I think, that pertains to language and society, class, culture and ethnicity.  The situation is that of First Nations people who live in my hometown, Sept-Îles. Sept-Îles is home to about 25 000 white people and about 5000 Innus, most of which live in one of the two reserves, Uashat or Mani-Utenam. Uashat is in the city center; Mani-Utenam is about 15 km outside the city.

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