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This week's CBC New Fire: a modern way to learn a native language

On this week on CBC’s New Fire, host Lisa Charleyboy explores Indigenous youth and the digital world.

Charleyboy spoke to Savannah Simon, a bit of a star in the world of YouTube and other social media because of the #SpeakMikmaq campaign. She’s been posting short videos for years about Mi'kmaq, in an effort to teach people words and phrases in her native language.

Her online presence hasn’t gone without its own challenges. Simon, who’s known as Savvy on the interwebs, has faced some backlash over her bite-sized and often funny videos.

Despite the struggles, she maintains a positive attitude and believes in what she’s doing.

“We need to be our own best friends… we need to be strong for ourselves,” Simon said.

Listen to the full conversation below.

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    Anonymous, January 07, 2016 @ 1:39pm

    Awesome job, Savvy!