As NEȾOLṈEW̱’s co-leads, Dr. Onowa McIvor (maskēkowiyiniw), professor of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria, and Dr. Peter Jacobs (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), professor of Linguistics at Simon Fraser University offer a shared wealth of experience in collaborative community partnerships and Indigenous language research. In building upon the Indigenous language learning assessment tool they have developed with community research partners and collaborators, Drs. McIvor and Jacobs have mobilized resources to join efforts with partners in forming this learning and research network to collectively strengthen Indigenous language revitalization efforts.
Dr. Onowa McIvor
tânisi kiyawâw (greetings to you all). I am maskēkow-ininiw (Swampy Cree) and Scottish-Canadian and anēhinawēwin/nēhiyawēwin/nēhithawīwin language learner and language warrior. My Cree family is from Norway House and Cross Lake in northern Manitoba. I was born and raised in northern Saskatchewan and have been a grateful visitor in SENĆOŦEN and Lekwungen speaking territories for over 20 years. I completed a PhD in Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia in 2012. My dissertation îkakwiy nihiyawiyân: I am learning [to be] Cree explored the largely understudied area of adult Indigenous language learning. During this time, I was also the Director of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria (UVic) from 2008 and 2017, where I helped to develop and oversaw interdisciplinary, community-based Indigenous-language revitalization undergraduate and graduate certificate, diploma and degree programs.
Dr. Peter Jacobs
Tiná7 tkwa Wiwiḵ’em ta Peter (Peter comes from a Squamish Nation village, Wiwiḵ’em, near Brackendale, B.C.). Galułi lax̱ Tsax̱is (he is also from the Kwaguł village of Tsax̱is, Fort Rupert, B.C.). His MA thesis was on subordinate clauses in the Sḵwx̱wu7mesh snichim (the Squamish language). His Ph.D. dissertation was on the syntax and semantics of agent control constructions in Sḵwx̱wu7mesh.