December 6th, 2019

Stephen GAGNON, Federal lead representative, Indigenous language legislation, Dept of Canadian Heritage
for  Madame Hélène LAURENDEAU, Deputy Minister, Patrimoine/Heritage Canada

“Implementing Bill C-91 – The Indigenous Languages Act and the Future of Canada’s Indigenous Languages”

December 7th, 2020


      • Keynote plenary address

President Aluki KOTIERK – Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated

“The Threatened State of Inuktut in Nunavut Today: What is needed to help it flourish?

Question and Answer Period – Moderator:  Ian MARTIN

December 7th, 2020

Shirley TAGALIK (a), Joe KARETAK (b) Former director (a) and Current Team Lead (b), Culture and Heritage, Curriculum and School Services, Arviat, NU. [by zoom]

“The Arviat C&SS language and IQ curriculum model: Origins, Failure and the Future”

December 7th, 2020

Derek RASMUSSEN – Former Policy Advisor to Inuit organizations and doctoral candidate, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University

“Indigenous Languages Don’t Just ‘Decline’, Canada Tries to Kill Them: The Remarkable Case of Inuktitut Resilience on the Face of Government Suppression of Rights and Services in Nunavut”

      • Question and Answer Period – Moderator: Ian MARTIN
December 7th, 2020

Moderator:  Mark TURIN – First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and Department of Anthropology, U. of British Columbia

      • Suzanne GESSNER – FPCC / First Peoples Cultural Council [by zoom]

“Indigenous Language Legislation: the Path Ahead”

      • Mark FETTES – Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University [by zoom]

“Language Resurgence through Formal Schooling: Three Examples from Coast Salish Territory”

      • Candace KALEIMAMOOWAHINEKAPU GALLA (Kanaka Maoli) – Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, University of British Columbia [by zoom]

“The Promise and Potential of Digital Technology to Support Indigenous Language Revitalization”

      • Heather BLAIR – Canadian Indigenous Language and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) and Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton. [by zoom]

“The Emergence of CILLDI in the Absence of a Policy: Alignment with the Indigenous Languages Act”

      • Discussion / Question and Answer Period 

December 7th, 2020

Roger JONES – Legal Advisor, Assembly of First Nations


Members of the Faculty of Education, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS.

      • Joanne TOMPKINS – Faculty of Education, St. Francis Xavier University

“The Decolonizing Mandate of the University Partner”

      • Blaire GOULD – Citizen of the Mi’kmaq Nation, District of Unama’ki. Proud L’nu’skw and speaker. Director of Programs and Services, Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey

“Our ‘Language Foundation Document’ for Mi’kmaw Language”

      • Lisa LUNNEY BORDEN – Mathematics Education, Holder of the John Jerome Paul Chair for Equity in Mathematics Education, Education, St. Francis Xavier University

“Decolonizing Mathematics Education”

      • Jeff ORR – Dean, Education, St. Francis Xavier University

“Research with Mi’kmaq Communities”

Moderator:  Joanne TOMPKINS