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Friday Feb 17, 2017:

Opening Welcome,

En’owkin Centre, Penticton
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeannette Armstrong, The University of British Columbia, Community, Culture and Global Studies
Moving Forward on Language Fluency: Reconciliation and Implementing Indigenous Rights to Language.



Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 18 – 19, 2017:

Presentations & Discussion,

UNC 200 – Ballroom, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna

Keynote: Brian Maracle – Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa
The Root-Word Method: How the Mohawks are creating fluent adult speakers

Keynote: Daryl Baldwin – Miami University, Myaamia Center
toopeeliyankwi, kati myaamiaataweeyankwi: WE SUCCEED AT SPEAKING THE MYAAMIA LANGUAGE

Speakers: Deanna Nyce & Irene Squires

Speaker: Jesse Fairley
Language Fluency and BC’s Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education and Training Policy Framework and Action Plan

BC—A rich linguistic heritage

BC is the ancestral home of more than half of the Aboriginal languages of Canada. All extant First Nations languages of BC are critically endangered, many facing the loss of their last generation of fluent speakers within the next decade. 

The end of any one of these languages is an irreplaceable loss of:

•living expression of intellect

•specific cultural understanding

•vital links to the past

•potential keys to our collective well-being, health, and sustainability in the future.


Indigenous Language Fluency Degree

This symposium will bring together communities, institutions, traditional knowledge holders and scholars from BC, Hawai’i, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Ontario, to address the current situation by sharing new approaches to adult learning and language fluency. 


Participants will co-create a common body of knowledge, to inform a collaborative BC wide cross-institutional Indigenous Language Fluency Degree. Our approach is grounded in a commitment to community level learning for supporting both individual and collective fluency, that ladders community level initiatives with post-secondary institutional opportunities for teaching and research.


This symposium is supported by:

  • Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • First Nations Education Steering Committee
  • Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association
  • Okanagan Indian Education Resources Society – En’owkin Centre 
  • First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, UBC Vancouver
  • Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, UBC Vancouver
  • Community, Culture and Global Studies, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Associate Vice President Students office, UBC Okanagan
  • Provost’s Office, UBC Okanagan
  • Aboriginal Programs and Services, UBC Okanagan 
  • Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Institute for Community Engaged Research, UBC Okanagan
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The Department of Language & Literacy Education, UBC Faculty of Education

A detailed schedule is now available.

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