Original Languages and Literature Conference
g.bronitsky at att.net
Fri Nov 26 03:53:13 UTC 2004
I thought this announcement about a Native language writers and
literacy festival in Canada might be of interest.
Conference to celebrate Aboriginal languages and literature
Ottawa, Nov. 25, 2004 – Writers, storytellers and academic delegates
experienced in Aboriginal languages and literature will gather in
Penticton, B.C. this weekend for a national conference focusing on
artistic creation, literacy and usage of original Aboriginal languages.
The first-ever Original Languages and Literature Conference (OLLC) will
be held at the En’owkin Centre on November 26-28, and is co-sponsored
by the En’owkin Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts. Other
government supporters include the Department of Canadian Heritage and
the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Its purpose is to bring together
Aboriginal language speakers, artists and academics to discuss original
language literature and the arts – oral and written.
Federal statistics reveal that of Canada’s 50 Aboriginal languages, 47
face extinction within one or two generations. Only Cree, Ojibwa and
Inuktitut have sufficient speakers to survive future generations.
Delegates representing many of these 50 languages will explore ways in
which the arts can help revitalize languages, particularly for
Invited delegates, keynote speakers and honourees include distinguished
storytellers, writers, media professionals, performers, musicians and
advocates whose work continues to support the recovery of original
Aboriginal languages. Keynote speakers include Anishnawbe author and
storyteller Basil Johnson, Métis author, playwright and filmmaker Maria
Campbell, and Eva Aariak, Nunavut Languages Commissioner.
Representatives of government agencies have also been invited to
attend, to provide information and observe the conference proceedings
“Throughout the conference, we hope to create an atmosphere of shared
dialogue directed at the development and identification of key policy
issues which support the revitalization of original languages and
literatures,” said Jeannette Armstrong, Executive Director of the
A special honouring ceremony will be held to recognize elders who,
through their work in Aboriginal languages and literature, have
advocated for the continued existence and recovery of those languages.
There will also be an evening of artistic performances and readings
which celebrate Aboriginal languages and literature.
For more information regarding the conference, contact Jeannette
Armstrong at the En’owkin Centre at (250) 493-7181 or Louise
Profeit-LeBlanc, Aboriginal Arts Coordinator of the Canada Council for
the Arts at 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5212.
Media Contact: Public Affairs, Research and Communications
Donna Balkan (613) 566-4305 or 1
800 263-5588, ext. 4134
E-mail: donna.balkan at canadacouncil.ca
Carole Breton (613) 566-4414 ext. 4523 or 1 800 263-5588,
E-mail : carole.breton at canadacouncil.ca
Visit our web site at
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