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January 4th, 2022

On our mind this week: 

1. First, happy New Year and the Decade of Indigenous Languages! First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC), an Indigenous-led provincial organization with a mandate to support and fund the revitalization of Indigenous languages, arts, cultures and heritage in the BC proposed 10 goals for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages based on the roadmap, the Los Pinos Declaration adopted by UNESCO in February 2020:

"Indigenous communities to have full control of their own language data; Indigenous communities have access to international research and resources for language revitalization; Indigenous language access is supported by sustainable technologies; Indigenous language learners have access to mother-tongue based education; Nations and states are supporting and investing in Indigenous language revitalization; States that succeed in supporting Indigenous languages are celebrated and acknowledged; A convention is adopted for the promotion of Indigenous languages and linguistic rights; Effective assessment mechanisms are implemented to demonstrate outcomes of the Decade; Indigenous-led language work is supported through long-term adequate funding and Indigenous knowledge and expertise is recognized and honoured (the entire document here). Make sure to explore, connect and keep following FPCC (here!)

2. And, as we are heading into this brand new year, already busy with a new set of pandemic rules and surprises let's see if we can also reduce our stress triggers reminding ourselves to ...
... maintain our regular daily schedule, limit our exposure to news media, stay busy, focus on positive thinking, set our priorities reasonably well, and, most importantly, intentionally connect with others to build our support systems and strengthen our relationships. We can do this, together! The Language Advocacy Day 2022 is just around the corner. Please continue to keep in touch and share your stories.
Thank you for your continuous support.

​Yours truly,

The LACC Team


Indigenous Languages



Language Rights, Revitalization and Advocacy

Immigration/ Settlement and Emergency Communication 


The Politics of Language, Culture, and Technology 

The First Peoples' Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Indigenous languages, arts, culture and heritage in British Columbia. We provide funding and resources to communities, monitor the status of First Nations languages and develop policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government.
Future of Indigenous Language Revitalization – Panel Discussion (October, 2021) - The University of Alaska Southeast hosted this panel discussion on Indigenous Peoples' Day 2021 that featured esteemed guests Larry Kimura (Hawaiian), Leslie Harper (Ojibwe), Miqueʼl Dangeli (Tsimshian), Joel Isaak (Dena'ina), and Roy Mitchell (Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council). This panel was hosted by X̱ʼunei Lance Twitchell and Ronalda Cadiente-Brown.
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