Project History

What is now the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Research Partnership was initially conceived back in 2010, when co-leads Onowa McIvor and Peter Jacobs first met as doctoral students at UBC. Today, they are joined by nine community Partners, representing over 40 Indigenous languages from across Canada.

Indigenous communities across Canada are doing great – and much needed – language revitalization and maintenance work. Increasingly, adults have been identified as the “missing generation” of learners who hold great potential to contribute to the revival of Indigenous languages in Canada by acting as the middle ground between Elders, children and youth within their communities.

However, we know that language learning at any age does not happen in isolation. It is within this context that our Partnership addresses Indigenous adult language learning. We use an approach that engages with, and studies, the spheres in which these adult learners both learn contribute.