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SILS 2012, Kamloops, BC

The 19th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium took place from May 17-19 at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. Besides the university's support, the conference was sponsored and substantially supported by  the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology,  and the Lillooet Tribal Council. Each of these Native organizations represents Native Interior Salish peoples living near or adjacent to Kamloops. The organizations actively support education, revitalization, and cultural programs. Their support for the symposium was directly realized in a significant number of presenters affiliated with the organizations speaking on aspects of these programs. A number of private, non-Native organizations also contributed support.

Many of the programs of the sponsoring organizations are following closely or in-spirit the BC Language Model, developed and guided by the  First Peoples’ Heritage, Language & Culture Council in British Columbia. In addition to a special presentation on the Model, the Keynote speaker, Dr. Lorna Wanosts'a7 Williams a member of the St'at'yemc (Lillooet) Nation and the Chair of the Council, laid out the foundations for the Model in the context of the Council's fuller mission. The details of the Model include a variety of program initiatives aimed at young children, adults, program developers, and language teachers. The Model is implemented through past and ongoing work in language documentation and, via the FirstVoices technologies, to technological support for language revitalization.

Many of the presentations were specific to languages spoken in British Columbia, or in adjacent provinces and southern Alaska. These presentations collectively emphasized the importance of culturally relevant practices to advance the goals of language revitalization and the development of formal educational programs, curricula, and teacher professional development based on these practices. Given the now legislated involvement of Canadian provincial governments in Aboriginal language revitalization, a couple of presentations dealt with the dynamics of these relationships with the Native governments and also with how to structure publically funded educational programs to align with community goals.

There were echos of these themes in presentations from outside the Canadian landscape -- in the mainland U.S., Hawai'I, New Zealand, and South America. Given this set of locales, several presentations dealt with cultural differences in language ideologies between the dominant and Native cultures and the better chances for program success when Native values and practices are incorporated into programs.

Details of individual presentations are available in the Summary of Presentations. In addition, you can review the North American language coverage of the conference in a map. The word cloud below shows the relative emphasis of different themes and different languages across all presentations.

Languages and concepts of SILS 2012

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