Five ideas to support Indigenous language revitalization in Canada

Five ideas for Indigenous language revitalization

Here are five easy ways to support Indigenous people in your community working to revive their languages.
These ideas and this video are based on a guide created by Onowa McIvor—Indigenous education researcher at the University of Victoria—with the Canadian Commission on UNESCO. It’s based on research by McIvor as part of the national language revitalization project called NEȾOLṈEW̱, translated as “one mind, one people” or “doing things as one” in the SENĆOŦEN language. NEȾOLṈEW̱ is a collaborative research partnership comprised of nine Indigenous-led communities and organizations and the department of Indigenous Education at UVic. Funded by SSHRC, its goal is to understand and enhance Indigenous adults’ contributions to reviving Indigenous languages in Canada.
McIvor compiled the guide together with UVic MA graduate Nicole Davies. It was launched in 2018 on the 11th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The audio clips are courtesy of First Peoples’ Cultural Council and

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UVic & McIvor, I. (2018, November 16). Five ideas to support Indigenous language revitalization in Canada [Video].