NEȾOLṈEW̱ Wordmark

Working to understand and enhance Indigenous adults’ contributions to reviving Indigenous languages in Canada.

Kwak̓wala Speaking Territory – Tlatlasikwala Nation
Photographer: James Wheeler

What We Do

NEȾOLṈEW̱ is an Indigenous-led, Indigenous-governed, relationship-based national partnership of scholars, community leaders, educators, activists, and allies working at the heart of Indigenous language revitalization (ILR) in Canada — formed to engage in positive action through collaborative research.

2019 All-Partners’ Gathering Attendees in Fort Simpson, NWT
Pronunciation Guide

NEȾOLṈEW̱

net-THALL-ngoohw

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SENĆOŦEN

sen-chah-thin

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W̱SÁNEĆ

wh-SAN-etch

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Lekwungen

leck-WUNG-in

Our Name

NEȾOLṈEW̱, the name of our partnership, translates as “one mind, one people” or “doing things as one” in the SENĆOŦEN language.

Click to hear project name.

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HÍSW̱ḴE SIÁM (thank you Respected one) to PENÁĆ (David) Underwood, W̱SÁNEĆ School Board, for sharing his voice for others to hear.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

UVic Territory Acknowledgement

SILS 2024

Hosted by the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Research Partnership, this year’s Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium marks its 30th anniversary, coinciding with the final year of NEȾOLṈEW̱’s seven-year research grant. The symposium brings together a diverse group of Indigenous language scholars, activists, educators, and community members, offering a vital platform for sharing strategies and experiences in Indigenous Language Revitalization. Over three days, participants will engage in keynotes, workshops, and networking, focusing on innovative methods and holistic approaches to sustain and empower Indigenous languages across Canada.

NEȾOLṈEW̱ Logo

Our Logo

Kevin Philip Paul (W̱JOȽEȽP) created our logo while working with us as a Research Assistant on the NEȾOLṈEW̱ project. When realizing he was also an artist, and a descendent of prominent SENĆOŦEN language champions, we asked him if he would consider creating a custom logo for the project.

He created this logo with our existing Project ‘longhouse’ framework in mind. He brought ‘a Salish eye’ to the centre, signifying the unity amongst all of those involved, how others were being positively by the project, thereby honouring the name that has been loaned to us. Our logo signifies many different people working together in a good way, towards helpful outcomes for Indigenous languages.