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One community’s struggle to find Mohawk-language teachers
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Feb 04, 2020
File photo of Ontario Premier Doug Ford. (Chris Young/CP)

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One community’s struggle to find Mohawk-language teachers

Indigenous Hub journalist Shelby Lisk reports on the difficulty her community of Tyendinaga has recruiting and retaining teachers of the Mohawk language. “Adding to the recruitment problem,” she writes, “is that adults from Tyendinaga who are serious about learning Mohawk have to move to another community with a full-time immersion program — and many of them don’t come back.”



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Dec. 7, 1999 — When genetically modified foods were new to the market

In this 1999 episode of Your Health, host Maureen Taylor discusses the emerging industry of genetically modified food. Activist David Suzuki speaks against the technology, saying: “The thing about food is, it's different from pharmaceuticals. We have tremendously rigid testing procedures for drugs. But drugs, you know, you take that when you're sick. Food, you need food every day, and you need a lot of it. When you take the food into your body, you actually incorporate it into your body. So I would have thought that would be even more critically tested than drugs, but it's the other way around.”

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