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First Nations Education Foundation invites Canadians to help “Raise the Pole”

Language Revitalization Pole carving “suspended” due to current funding gap: Group issues urgent appeal “… we’re hoping Canadians, and Canadian corporations, will answer the call to “Raise the Pole” and help us raise the $50,000 we need to get us through the summer to the point in the fall where further funding will hopefully be […]

First Nations Education Foundation (FNEF) releases new video entitled “Victory Song” chronicling recent work on the Language Revitalization Pole

“This great cedar is about 800 years old; before this town even existed. But when this was a seedling, our creator knows the destinies of everything that exists on this earth, and he knew what this was going to be for, way before it even started growing.” – Harry Lucas, Nuu-chah-nulth language-speaker and Elder – April […]

Issue of language revitalization should not be reduced to a question of money

The following opinion-editorial by FNEF Executive Director Scott Jeary was printed in the Waterloo Region Record   Issue of language revitalization should not be reduced to a question of money Language revitalization work is not the simple expiation of white guilt, Scott Jeary writes. OPINION Mar 03, 2019 by Scott Jeary – Waterloo Region Record In Peter Shawn […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]