The first annual Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization (SILR) Gathering on Friday, March 31, 2023 in Edmonton, Alberta at the DoubleTree by Hilton, West.

The Supporting Indigenous Language Revitalization (SILR) initiative at the University of Alberta is hosting the first gathering for language learners, language speakers, language advocates to come together:  to share, learn, connect and collaborate.

Let’s gather to:

  • Explore the connection of mind, body and spirit in language, land and culture

  • Raise awareness on the importance of language revitalization

  • Share language learning and teaching strategies and resources

  • Establish connections and networks


Pipe Ceremony
Welcome and Opening Prayer
MC Kevin Lewis
Keynote Dr. Jessie Sylvestre
Entertainment Zack Willier

Elder Response
Entertainment Donita Large
Closing Prayer

The First Nations, Métis and Inuit presentation and workshop topics include:

  • Sharing language revitalization journeys

  • nêhiyawê Cultural Institute – Supporting Language Immersion

  • Indigenous language revitalization through the nēhiyawak Language Experience

  • Language, Culture and Land-Based Teachings; The Connection

  • Reclaiming Musical Voice in Indigenous Language Education

  • ‘penehiyawe – come speak Cree’

  • Supporting Independent Learners of Indigenous Languages

Ticket Details
General Admission: $175
Students/Youth: $150
Elders: $125
Virtual: $100 (See registration for details)


*Registration includes a light morning snack, lunch and dinner


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