Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization

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Building capacity for community-led Indigenous language revitalization in Canada

Our work seeks to provide support for community-led Indigenous language revitalization efforts through the coming generations – a future where Indigenous languages are healthy and vibrant, and are spoken in homes, schools, workplaces, and on the land.

We support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and acknowledge that post-secondary institutions have an important role to play in Indigenous language revitalization.

We strive to raise awareness, increase support, and foster collaboration in  language revitalization across Turtle Island.

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL 2022-2032) to draw global attention to the critical status of many Indigenous languages around the world and to mobilize stakeholders and resources for their preservation, revitalization and promotion (video).

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Inaugural Athabasca University J-Series Event!

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Lakehead University makes new commitment to support Indigenous languages

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Indigenous Language Sharing Series Wiidamok – May 26, 2022

SILR Initiatives

Intensive Adult Language Immersion Project

IALI

About

The Intensive Adult Language Immersion project is designed to be community-led and lead to new and improved language proficiency among Indigenous young adults.

Who It's For
Adult Learners who want additional student supports and language growth.

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Weaving Holistic Learning Experiences through Language Programming and Culture

WHoLe

About

WHoLE endeavours to expand the capacity of preservice and inservice teachers to create spaces and experiences for children and youth to engage in Indigenous cultures and language learning. Through community based initiatives and professional development opportunities, teachers will increase their capacity to lead language immersion experiences in their classrooms and schools, and become part of a network of Indigenous language revitalizers.

Who It's For
Indigenous Elementary and Secondary Preservice Teachers who want to embed language learning experiences in their classrooms.

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Braiding Stories to Live By

BStLB

About

Braiding Stories to Live By is focused on co-creating Indigenous young women gatherings unique to each community we work with. These five-day gatherings are held in the summer with seasonal call back sessions and create space for young Indigenous women to come together with multiple generations of Indigenous women to create a beautiful circle of intergenerational knowledge. Our future dreams include inviting High School Students (for credit) and Indigenous Preservice Teachers (as part of their program) to join us in this creative collaboration.

Who It's For
Indigenous Young Women who are interested in gathering to learn how Indigenous women's wisdom can be braided with contemporary wellness practices to honour and care for their whole being., Indigenous Community Women who are interested in created safe spaces for the next generations to gather and continue to learn about Indigenous women's wisdom and wellness.

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Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute Projects

CILLDI

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The Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute is dedicated to the revitalization of Canada’s Indigenous languages through documentation, teaching, and literacy and will be expanding its annual summer school held at the University of Alberta in 2022. New projects include: CILLDI Curricular Expansion, Eastern Canada Expansion and CILLDI in Community.

Who It's For
Indigenous Community Partners who want to learn and/or enhance their skills.

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First Peoples’ House Student Supports

FPH

About

First Peoples’ House is a student service centre for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students at the University of Alberta. The centre is the heart of the Indigenous student community on campus. First Peoples’ House offers programs and services to help students achieve academic success and personal growth. New language resources and tutoring is now available.

Who It's For
Adult Learners who want additional student supports and language growth.

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Language Assessment Program

LAP

About

Establishing partnerships for communities working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers in the development of culturally-appropriate assessment protocols that would enable fluent speakers of Indigenous languages to gain advanced credit for the University of Alberta’s Secondary Teacher Education program.

Who It's For
Indigenous Community Partners who want to learn and/or enhance their skills.

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Master of Education in Educational Studies cohort in Leadership Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization

MES-LSILR

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A new Master of Education in Educational Studies cohort in Leadership Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization is coming soon. Watch this space for updates.

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Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership

YIWCL

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The Young Indigenous Women’s Circle of Leadership program is focused on developing young Indigenous womens’ self-worth, pride and respect of self and others through the learning of cultural values using Indigenous languages.

Who It's For
Indigenous Young Women who are interested in gathering to learn how Indigenous women's wisdom can be braided with contemporary wellness practices to honour and care for their whole being.

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