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Event #1298

Truth and Reconciliation, Indigenous Language Revitalization, and Applied Linguistics: a Critical Dialogue


Wednesday, June 5, 2019

08:30 - 11:30
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Henry Angus Building - ANGU Bruce R. Birmingham Undergraduate Centre
Association events , Reconciliation events
English | anglais

**Please note there has been a time and room change made on 06/04/2019 at 08:39

Truth and reconciliation requires learning and acting to reshape present-day Canada by changing settler-Indigenous relationships, indigenizing educational institutions, and investing federal funds in Indigenous languages (Mackey, 2013). In Canada, the teaching and learning of official languages cannot be separated from settler colonialism. For example, the ideology of official bilingualism and racial hierarchies reinforces marginalisation of Indigenous peoples (Haque & Patrick, 2014). Despite the importance of research on languages other than official languages (Duff & Li, 2009) and of critical pedagogical exploration of the relations between Indigenous peoples in Canada, historical settlers, and newcomers/ sojourners in many additional language classrooms, the role of applied linguists in truth and reconciliation remains under-represented.

This symposium creates a critical dialogue among applied linguists regarding the role of applied linguistics research and practices in the era of reconciliation. Specifically, the symposium explores possibilities for stronger connections between the fields of applied linguistics and Indigenous language revitalization (McIvor, 2018) and to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s recommendations in a range of language learning/teaching contexts. Adopting a critical applied linguistics perspective and decolonizing Indigenous epistemologies as frameworks (e.g., Pennycook, 2001; Smith, 1999), the symposium highlights the material, political, and social dimensions of language. The papers explore how a cross-disciplinary approach bringing together insights from applied linguistics, Indigenous language revitalization, language ideologies, language policy, and language pedagogy can contribute to a deeper and ethical understanding of what truth and reconciliation means for applied linguistics as well as interventions to decolonize applied linguistics research and practices.

Titles of each presentation:

NEȾOLṈEW̱ ‘One mind, one people’: Building partnerships towards the resurgence of Indigenous languages in Canada, Onowa McIvor (University of Victoria) & Peter Jacobs (Simon Fraser University)

Language ideologies and Indigenous language revitalization, Hyunjung Shin (University of Saskatchewan) & Reanna Daniels (University of Saskatchewan)

Indigenous language revitalization and applied linguistics: Conceptualizing an ethical space of engagement between academic fields, Belinda Daniels (University of Saskatchewan) & Andrea Sterzuk (University of Regina

The LINCDIRE project: Fusing plurilingual/pluricultural approaches and Indigenous worldviews to foster language revitalization, Enrica Piccardo (University of Toronto) & Geoff Lawrence (York University)

Language and white settler integration of Indigenous and Immigrant communities in Canada, Eve Haque (York University)

Co-discussants: Discussant: Jan Hare, University of British Columbia & Patsy Duff, University of British Columbia

  • Hyunjung Shin, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan