Native Montreal Youth Council has launched Indigenous Whispers in response to COVID-19 isolation. Inspired by the concept of ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), the group aims to reach out to their community with content to will hopefully relax, reassure, and inspire feelings of safety by sharing the beauty and imagery of Indigenous languages, says Native Montreal.
“We invite you to take a break from your day to focus on your individual sensory response to these videos. We realize it is also a great way to learn new words while reconnecting with culture and our oral traditions. We respect the importance of words and the need to preserve them,” Native Montreal stated on Instagram.
The Native Montreal Youth Council is comprised of 10 Indigenous youth aged 16 to 30 currently living in the Greater Montreal Area with a desire to be engaged in their community.
As a self-directed group, the council provides an exciting opportunity for young people to focus on the issues important to them while making an impact on the lives of other urban indigenous youth. Indigenous youth are encouraged to participate in campaign by posting a video of their own words or phrases to social media with #Indigenouswhispers or #Chuchoteursautochtones.
Native Montreal (www.nativemontreal.com) also offers virtual language classes for children and adults to learn Indigenous languages during COVID 19.