The First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) recently shared its report entitled Indigenous Languages Recognition, Preservation and Revitalization; A Report on the National Dialogue Session on Indigenous Languages.
The report is the result of a national three-day dialogue session hosted by FPCC in Victoria last June in which a group of Indigenous experts from across Canada were invited to provide their expertise and share best practices in the areas of language revitalization, language education, language legislation and policy, and an urban language strategy. This small think-tank was funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, which is currently exploring the renewal of its language programs.
The document will be submitted to the Department of Canadian Heritage and to the Assembly of First Nations and may be used as a starting point for further consultations with First Nations on the development of a new federal language program.
FPCC hopes that the work will advance the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.
Feedback or recommendations regarding the report may be directed to the Aboriginal Languages Initiative – Aboriginal Peoples’ Program at the Department of Canadian Heritage.
The First Peoples' Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. To learn more, visit fpcc.ca.