2019 First Nations Language Keepers Gathering

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages, to raise awareness of the crucial role languages play in people’s daily lives.



A gathering, which brings in academics, elders and knowledge keepers from all over North America, is underway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The two day conference is discussing ways of preserving and promoting Indigenous languages and cultures.

Keynote speakers Wednesday morning included Simon Bird, Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde and Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Chief Bobby Cameron.

Delia Twigg, Alice Kaquitts & Bruce Starlight represented Treaty 7 Territory.

The Keynote address Thursday will be heard from Dr. Carwyn Jones, Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law in New Zealand.

Find the agenda here



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