On November 1, 2017 the Town of Fort Smith unveiled new multilingual traffic stop signs at select road intersections in the community. Drivers and pedestrians will notice the distinctive signs as they announce STOP in four languages: English, French, Cree and Chipewyan. The signs have been developed by the Town of Fort Smith in partnership with the NWT Metis Nation Language Program, with a budget of $10,133 that was funded by the department of Education, Culture and Employment.
The distinct signs conform to traffic codes and will eventually be installed at every traffic stop throughout the Town.
“The Town of Fort Smith is committed to supporting the revitalization of indigenous languages and culture and aide in the process of reconciliation. These multilingual stop signs will serve as a prominent reminder to residents and our visitors of the vital role that indigenous languages and culture have played in our history and the important role they still play in the daily lives of our residents.”
- Mayor Napier-Buckley, Town of Fort Smith
“This is a step towards language revitalization and we are very happy to see this become a reality and we hope this will continue to support languages to grow in our communities of the South Slave Region and throughout the territory and country.”
- Vance Sanderson, Coordinator, NWT Metis Nation Language Program
Thank you to our partners the NWT Metis Nation Language Program for help making this happen!
How do you pronounce that?
Cree: NAKI – Nah-ge
Chipewyan: Hį?Á – hhey ohh, hhey ahh