Indigenous Languages Fluency Symposium


BC – A Rich Linguistic Heritage

BC is the ancestral home of more than half of the Aboriginal languages of Canada. All extant First Nations Languages of BC are citically endangered, many facing the loss of their last generation of fluent language speakers within the next decade.

The end of any of these languages is the loss of:

  • living expression of intellect
  • specific cultural understanding
  • vital links to the past
  • potential keys to our collective well-being, health and sustainability in the future

Indigenous Language Fluency Degree

This symposium will bring together communities, institutions, traditional knowledge holders and scholars from BC, Hawai’i, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Ontario to address the current situation by sharing new approaches to adult learning and language fluency.

Participants will co-create a common body of knowledge, to inform a collaborative BC wide cross-institutional Indigenous Language Fluency Degree. Our approach is grounded in a commitment to community level learning for supporting both individual and collective fluency, that ladders community level initiatives with post-secondary institutional opportunities for teaching and research.

Friday Feb. 17: Opening Welcome, En’owkin Centre, Penticton
Saturday Feb. 18: Panels and Discussions, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna
Sunday Feb. 19: Panels and Discussions, UBC Okanagan, Kelowna

A detailed program is now available.

For free registration and further information, please click here.