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OUR LANGUAGE RIGHTS
LANGUAGE KEEPERS
Celebrating Newcomer and Indigenous Language Revitalization and Preservation 
February 21, 2024
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LANGUAGE KEEPERS

SARAH ONYANGO

SARAH ONYANGO

The producer and host of the Fontonfrom (Rogers), the Ici l'Afrique, Afrika Revisited and Black on Black (CHUO 89.1FM), translator

THEA HARRIS

THEA HARRIS

Language Program Manager at First People’s Cultural Centre, member of Snuneymuxw First Nation on Vancouver Island, B.C.

DR. ELAINE GOLD

DR. ELAINE GOLD

The Executive Director of The Canadian Language Museum

REBEKAH R. INGRAM, PhD

REBEKAH R. INGRAM, PhD

Professor and researcher, The School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University

LAILA JOUD

LAILA JOUD

Communications Manager with Refugee 613 and social justice activist

ABOUT

Language Keepers, a collective journey towards the preservation of our Canadian linguistic and cultural diversity, will unfold as a dynamic and deep exploration of various elements showcasing the beauty and resilience of languages. From engaging with visual displays and discussions, opportunities for networking and story sharing amongst interpreters, translators, cultural workers, and language advocates to participation in vibrant cultural workshops, Language Keepers promises to offer a unique and immersive experience for all participants.

 

Key Themes:

  • Celebrating Linguistic Diversity: Acknowledging and embracing the multitude of languages spoken by newcomers and Indigenous communities. Recognizing the cultural richness embedded in each language as a testament to humanity's diverse narratives.

  • Revitalization Efforts: Showcasing successful initiatives aimed at revitalizing endangered languages. Highlighting the role of technology, education, and community involvement in language revitalization.

  • Cultural Exchange: Facilitating cultural exchange through language workshops, storytelling sessions, and interactive displays. Encouraging attendees to actively participate in language-related activities, fostering a sense of connection with different linguistic traditions.

 

Highlights:

  • Exhibition: LACC partner, Canadian Language Museum established in 2011 to promote an appreciation of all of the languages used in Canada and of their role in the development of this nation, will share one of their traveling exhibits.

  • Panel Discussion: Renowned linguists, educators, and community leaders will engage in enlightening discussions on the challenges and triumphs of language preservation.

  • Language-related Workshop: Interactive workshop led by Indigenous language experts, will provide attendees practical insights into the beauty and nuances of various languages.

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SPEAKING THE INUIT WAY

 

exhibit will introduce viewers to the diversity of the Inuit language. It presents Inuit writing systems, dialect differences, and modern revitalization efforts, and illustrates how the language reflects both historical and contemporary Inuit culture and identity.

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ABOUT THE VENUE

Native Women Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit,transgender and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. We were founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people within their respective communities and Canadian societies.

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