Aboriginal Language Organizations

Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto
The Aboriginal Studies Program focuses on the languages, cultures, histories, creativity and well-being of Indigenous Peoples. Courses are available in Oneida, Inuktitut and Ojibwa.

Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA/ACL)

The Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA), which was founded in 1955, has as its aim the promotion of the study of languages and linguistics in Canada. It houses the CLA Aboriginal Languages Committee.

CLA Statement on Aboriginal Language Rights
In this statement, the CLA addresses some of the issues surrounding Aboriginal/First Nations languages of Canada, and advocates for the protection, maintenance, and revival of Aboriginal/First Nations languages.

First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC)
FPCC is a provincial Crown Corporation formed by the government of British Columbia in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Program. Its mandate is to assist B.C. First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures.

Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) 
SSILA was founded in December 1981 as the international scholarly organization representing American Indian linguistics. Membership in SSILA is open to all those who are interested in the scientific study of the languages of the native peoples of North, Central and South America.

Task Force on Aboriginal Languages and Cultures
“Towards a New Beginning: A Foundational Report for a Strategy to Revitalize First Nation, Inuit and Métis Languages and Cultures” is the result of the Task Force’s mandate to conduct research and make recommendations to the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the preservation, revitalization and promotion of Aboriginal languages.