The United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Languages serves as an urgent call for the world to take action to preserve, maintain and revitalize Indigenous languages.
This event explores how Canada’s public servants can support and promote Indigenous languages at work as an act of reconciliation. Learn from language bearers about how Indigenous languages contribute to cultural diversity, satisfy a fundamental human right, and act as pillars of cultural identity and well-being.
This event is presented in partnership with the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (CCUNESCO).
- Katelynne Herchak, Manager, Indigenous Governance and Decolonial Practices and Policy, VIDEA
- Richard Ejinagosi Kistabish, President, Minwashin, and North American representative to the UN Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages
- Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a Williams, Professor Emerita, Indigenous Education, University of Victoria, and Canada Research Chair in Education and Linguistics
- Twin Flames, a musical duo featuring Chelsey June (Métis, Algonquin Cree) and Jaaji (Inuk, Mohawk)
- Barbara Filion, Culture Programme Officer, Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (CCUNESCO)
- Shelley Charles, Elder
Chris McLeod, Chief Executive Officer, NVision Insight Group