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FNEF and Six Factor announce new Indigenous language app: secure, instantly available, and customizable

We have some great news to report about the work we’ve been doing over the past several months with Six Factor, our FNEF technology partner. Six Factor is western Canada’s Leading Google Cloud Partner, and together we are ready to field test the first generation of our FNEF Indigenous language app for smartphone, tablet, and desktop learning. There are some key […]

Why Indigenous languages should be taught alongside French and English

“Without immediate, robust, and heartfelt intervention, language decline will be irreversible.” – Chelsea Vowel / âpihtawikosisân – If you haven’t read Métis author Chelsea Vowel’s recent article, which argues for the teaching of Indigenous languages alongside French and English (the article was posted on the Maclean’s website last week), we highly recommend it. Vowel, who is […]

Prime Minister delivers apology to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized today, on behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, to former students of Newfoundland and Labrador residential schools. He also apologized to the families, loved ones, and communities for the painful and tragic legacy the residential schools left behind. As the Prime Minister’s media release states: “We need […]

Marking International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today is International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It’s also been ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples making this year’s observances a major reconciliation milestone. Read the UN’s press release and their backgrounder marking the day: On International Day, United Nations marks 10th anniversary of […]

Thank you to the family of Art Thompson for allowing us to use Thunderbird as our FNEF logo

We would like to thank the family of the late Art (Arthur) Thompson, a Nuu-chah-nulth (Ditidaht) artist, for granting us permission to use Thunderbird as our First Nations Education Foundation logo. Thompson was a fierce advocate for the rights of residential school victims and survivors. We are deeply honoured by this gesture and eternally grateful. […]

AFN Engagement Session on the Indigenous Languages Initiative: Vancouver June 22 & 23

On Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23, 2017, the Assembly of First Nations will host an Engagement Session on the Indigenous Languages Initiative at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel for British Columbia and Yukon First Nations. Following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s December 6, 2016 announcement that the Government of Canada would jointly develop […]

AFN Indigenous Languages Resources

If you’re looking for a great source of information on Indigenous Languages Initiatives, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) has an excellent section on their website. There’s a wealth of links to resources and a variety documents from Canadian and international sources; as well as a subsection on existing Indigenous languages legislation (from Nunavut, Yukon, Manitoba, […]