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Indigenous languages finding a way forward – UVic News

by ahnationtalk on September 22, 202022 Views

In the face of a global pandemic, language revitalization continues to thrive in Indigenous communities across Canada and the world, according to new research by Indigenous education scholar, Onowa McIvor.

In June of this year, McIvor, who this month became University of Victoria’s newest President’s Chair, received COVID-19 Emergency Research Funding from the Faculty of Education to conduct a short-term study of the effects of COVID-19 on Indigenous language revitalization work.

Over the summer, a small research team sought to understand how language teachers and learners responded to the pandemic through use of an online survey and analysis of language revitalization social media pages. Early findings show that many communities have successfully adapted in ways that allowed for the continuation of language revitalization. The study also illustrates the vital role that language is playing in keeping communities safe and informed during a time of crisis. McIvor will discuss these findings as part of a Sept. 23 panel focused on accelerating community resilience during the pandemic.

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