Indigenous Language Revitalization: Raising Awareness and Taking Action

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 the International Year for Indigenous Languages.

Please join the Faculty of Education for a symposium that responds to the declaration to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in the lives of Indigenous peoples and to engage in critical conversations about the role of education in language revitalization.

Wednesday February 13th 9-4pm
UBC Longhouse Great Hall, 1985 West Mall


Events of the Symposium Include:

  • Learning from community language priorities
  • Pedagogical strategies to support language learning in educational settings with Dr. Kathy Michel, Marny Point, and Dr. Candace Galla
  • Critical conversations about the role and responsibilities of the university to accelerate Indigenous language revitalization


Keynote Speaker: Hopi Language Scholar and Activist Dr. Sheilah Nicholas

Dr. Nicholas is a member of the Hope Tribe in Arizona.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching and Sociocultural Studies (TLSS) at the University of Arizona.  She teaches courses in Indigenous culture-based education, language and culture, oral traditions, and teacher research.  She is also a faculty instructor for the American Indian Language Development program.