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First Nations Education Foundation (FNEF) posts Online Video Documenting Language Revitalization Pole Naming Ceremony

February 13, 2019, Vancouver, B.C. – The First Nations Education Foundation (FNEF) has released a short online video – the first in a series of videos that will document the carving of a 70-foot Language Revitalization Pole. The pole was commissioned to celebrate the United Nations’ 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages and is to be […]

First Nations Education Foundation announces the commissioning of a Language Revitalization Pole to be carved in recognition of the UN 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

January 28, 2019, Vancouver, B.C. – In recognition of the UN 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, which officially launched earlier today in Paris, the First Nations Education Foundation (FNEF) has announced the commissioning of a Language Revitalization Pole to draw attention to the importance of Indigenous language and culture in Canada. The Language Revitalization Pole […]

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 […]

It’s 2018: Let’s not let the gift of Indigenous languages slip through our hands

As the new year of 2018 begins, it’s worth noting from the start that we continue to face a stark, ongoing reality: No Indigenous language in Canada is considered safe. This is the reality that drives our work and our FNEF language revitalization approach; namely, to develop language revitalization programs for at-risk Indigenous languages and […]

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 […]