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First Voices: Episode 1

Students at South Kamloops Secondary School perform a traditional song (left). Ted Gottfriedson teaches the Shuswap language to students in grade 8-12. (Shelley Joyce/CBC)
Aboriginal Canadians are gearing up for a big cultural celebration; Thursday is National Aboriginal Day.

Activities are planned right across the country from traditional feasts to singing, dancing and socializing, and it's a safe bet some of that will happen in First Nation languages.

Keeping those languages alive has become a struggle.

This week, Daybreak is taking a look at some of those struggles with a series First Voices, beginning with a visit by Daybreak contributor Shelley Joyce to a classroom in Kamloops where a First Nation's teacher and his students have taken up the fight.
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