ERIC Number: ED482037
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Indigenous Language Advocates, Teachers, and Researchers in Western Canada.
Blair, Heather A.; Paskemin, Donna; Laderoute, Barbara
This paper discusses the context of indigenous language education in western Canada, the hope of language revitalization, and the role of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) in reclaiming and stabilizing these languages. CILLDI was established in 1999 by a collective of language advocates and educators who saw the need for continued professional development for First Nations people as they struggled to stabilize their languages and provide effective language communities throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. CILLDI believes that the knowledge inherent in indigenous languages and cultures and the voice of indigenous people is critical for the maintenance of linguistic and cultural diversity in Western Canada. In 2001, it offered four undergraduate courses and one graduate seminar. The paper outlines CILLDI goals; describes its development, administration, and funding; offers examples of curriculum and pedagogy; and discusses how they are contributing to the development of these languages as resources. Finally, it addresses ongoing issues and concerns. (Contains 29 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Canada Natives, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Language Maintenance, Language Usage, Native Language Instruction, Postsecondary Education, Program Development, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Arizona Univ., Flagstaff.
Identifiers - Location: Canada