Understanding and Promoting Linguistic Diversity
Researchers estimate that more than half of the world’s 6,000 languages will not survive into the next century. These at-risk languages are mainly spoken in socially and politically marginalized communities, such as many of Canada's Indigenous communities.
The Ayajuthem language radiates across territory
“The word Gɩǰɛ..gih’jeh radiates across airwaves through deep forests, over waters, into intricate fjords and snowy mountain tops into the lush and vibrant area of Ayajuthem-speaking territory.”
Forced to travel during pandemic, Nunavut women want birthing services at home
“IQALUIT, Nunavut — In October, Collette Nilaulak gave birth, alone, to her third child in a hospital room about 1,200 kilometres from her home in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Pandemic restrictions meant one person could be with her at Winnipeg's Saint Boniface Hospital. But, Nilaulak's partner, who had flown south with her. had to remain at a hotel to watch their two-year-old daughter"
Time capsule project tells artists' stories of the pandemic for future generations
“A time capsule may seem like a strange idea at the end of a year many of us can't wait to forget. But a Vancouver-based arts organization is focusing on preserving this unique time in history for future generations to look back on through 12 new digital performances. "The idea is to have something that a future society or future community can access and give them an idea of some of the things we're going through during this big shift," author and artist Waubgeshig Rice told Margaret Gallagher, guest host of CBC's On the Coast.”
New Indigenous language radio show set for NCI FM in January
“A new educational Indigenous language radio show called Aakoziiwigamig: An Ojibwe Radio Drama is set to air early next year on Native Communications Incorporated (NCI FM).This show is created in partnership with The University of Winnipeg’s Office of Indigenous Engagement, Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre, U of W’s Oral History Centre, NCI FM, Indigenous Languages of Manitoba Inc., and Mazinaate Publishing Partnership.”