Tuesday August 18, 2015

The digital life of Savannah Simon

Savannah "Savvy" Simon is the face behind the #SpeakMikmaq campaign.

Savannah "Savvy" Simon is the face behind the #SpeakMikmaq campaign. (Facebook)

Savannah Simon, from Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, is probably best known for creating the hashtag #SpeakMikmaq.

She has also posted hundreds of bite-sized language videos online, in an effort to teach people words and phrases in Mi'kmaq.

‚ÄčSavvy says she wants to encourage people, both indigenous and non-indigenous, to participate.

"What's beautiful about the Mi'kmaq language is that it is the language of this land, in East Coast Canada and I want people to feel welcome and a part of it."  - Savannah Simon

While language is a passion for Savvy, her online videos touch on much more than that. In fact, the most popular video she's ever posted on her Facebook page is one that encourages positive self talk, called 'repeat after me'.

To hear more about Savvy's digital life, including how she deals with online criticism, click the 'listen' button above.