Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman

Emma McLeod and Ellen Chapman

Ellen Chapman expresses her joy at learning her native language from a revered community elder and fluent speaker, Emma McLeod. Emma says the experience is enriching because of the role she plays in passing the language on to younger generations.

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