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