Knowledge Sharing


Reports & Guides

Language Health Annotated Biblio_2018

Theme: Language & Health

Sullivan, D. (2018). The connection between health and well-being and Indigenous language use and learning – An annotated bibliography. NEȾOLṈEW̱ Research Partnership.

This annotated bibliography aims to contribute to a better understanding of and document current trends as well as gaps in the published literature on Indigenous language use and learning and their connection to health and well-being.


Theme: Sites of Learning & Teaching | Sites of Contribution

McIvor, O. (2018). Indigenous languages in Canada: What you need to know. Ottawa, ON, Canada: CCUNESCO.

This guide was compiled by Onowa McIvor and provides current information about Indigenous languages in Canada and a list of ways you can help support them.


Theme: NILLA

McIvor, O. (2019, March). Engaging, connecting, and mobilizing Indigenous language learning leaders, supporters, and researchers through an online sharing space: NILLA (NEȾOLṈEW̱ Indigenous Language Learning Atlas) [Position paper]. SSHRC Indigenous Research Capacity & Reconciliation Special Call.

This paper reports the outcomes from two community engagement events with Indigenous partners and allies, on a) the development of NILLA, and b) more broadly our position on strengthening research by and with Indigenous people.


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We raise our hands to NEȾOLṈEW̱ co-lead Onowa McIvor!

Her vital contributions to the field of research on Indigenous languages have earned her the prestigious President’s Chair, the highest academic honour the University of Victoria can bestow on a faculty member ( replacing Distinguished Professorships at UVic).

Onowa is the second person to receive the award, which was created to recognize faculty who have achieved great distinction in research and research-inspired teaching; made substantial contributions to UVic and the wider community; and champion the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching and community-university engagement.

“UVic has a longstanding commitment to working with communities on Indigenous language revitalization, and the impact of revitalized language in communities is profound. Onowa McIvor’s work is inspiring and uplifting, and we are so fortunate to have a researcher and teacher of her calibre at UVic.”
Jamie Cassels, UVic President

On the 11th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Sept. 13, 2007), the Canadian Commission on UNESCO published a three-page quick-facts and tips guide to Indigenous languages in Canada. The guide is compiled by Onowa McIvor and it provides current information about Indigenous languages in Canada and a list of ways you can help support them.


Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

The Department of Indigenous Education welcomes the first cohort to the PhD in Indigenous Language Revitalization (by special arrangement) at the University of Victoria!

Visiting on Lekwungen and SENĆOŦEN speaking territories this summer, these dedicated and aspiring language warriors completed intensive course work on the land, in community, and on campus. Teacher Onowa McIvor also arranged for opportunities to learn from guest speakers, including Wanosts’a7 Lorna Williams.