The reappropriation, teaching and translation of indigenous languages


As part of the events organized on the occasion of:

2019, International Year of Indigenous Languages

We present the event:

The reappropriation, teaching and translation of indigenous languages

April 12, 2019 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

405 Sainte-Catherine Street East

Local J-M400 Metro level, UQAM


Open to all!                No reservation required!

Here is the program!

Following the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to proclaim 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the The Cercle des Premières Nations de l'UQAM (CPNUQAM), in collaboration with the Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones, antenne Montréal (CIÉRA-MTL), is organizing a day on the reappropriation, teaching and translation of indigenous languages.

"Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of all peoples, given their complex implications for identity, cultural diversity, social integration, communication, education and development.

However, despite their immense value, the world's languages continue to disappear at an alarming rate due to various factors. Many of them are indigenous languages.

Indeed, indigenous languages are an important factor to be taken into account in the wide range of issues related to indigenous issues, including education, scientific and technological development, the biosphere and the environment, freedom of expression, employment and social inclusion. " (Unesco, 2018)

The CPNUQAM wishes to join the activities related to this thematic year by organizing an event at UQAM.

Aboriginal languages are protected under section 35 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on Aboriginal rights. Canada has more than 90 indigenous languages, but the future of some of them is threatened because they have only a handful of speakers. 15.6% of the Aboriginal population in Canada say they have sufficient proficiency in an Aboriginal language to conduct a conversation. In 2006 this figure was 21%. (Statistics Canada, 2016). The Government of Canada recently tabled the "Aboriginal Languages Act" for first reading. The proposed legislation (C-91) recognizes that "Aboriginal languages are an integral part of the cultures and identities of Aboriginal peoples and Canadian society" (Canadian Heritage). But for indigenous nations this measure is not enough to maintain their languages!

This event will focus on the re-appropriation, teaching and translation of indigenous languages. These three axes will be addressed during conferences, round tables, workshops; artistic performances will also be part of the day.

For the organizing committee:

Marie-Christine Petiquay, Ambroise Oriol, Xavier Gillet, Alexandre Huard-Joncas, Eric Pouliot-Thisdale Gustavo Zamora Jiménez.