January 23, 2017
We extend our warmest congratulations to Professor Patricia A. Shaw, Founding-Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, as the 2017 recipient of the Ken Hale Prize. Awarded by the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), this Prize recognizes Dr. Shaw’s “outstanding community language work and a deep commitment to the documentation, maintenance, promotion, and revitalization of Indigenous languages in the Americas. The Prize honors those who strive to link the academic and community spheres in the spirit of Ken Hale.” The late Ken Hale was a renowned linguist at the Massachusetts Institute Technology, who devoted his work to endangered languages, and Indigenous languages of North America, Central America, and Australia in particular.
Dr. Shaw’s devotion and contributions to Indigenous communities across British Columbia, FNEL, and UBC over the past 35 years are transformative and inspiring. Thank you, Dr. Shaw, for all that you continue to do in support of revitalizing Indigenous languages through community-directed partnerships.
For those who are interested to learn more about the legacy of Ken Hale and past recipients of the Prize in honor of his memory, please visit the SSILA web