During your First Nations and Endangered Languages degree, you’ll develop important skills for the documentation, conservation and revitalization of endangered Indigenous languages while exploring ethical research protocols, community-responsive scholarship, and meaningful partnership with Indigenous communities.
These skills may include:
- Influencing scholarly and public representations of Indigenous languages and cultures within and beyond the academy.
- Communicating to diverse audiences the central and interconnected relationship between language, land, and oral history for Indigenous communities.
- Developing, practicing and promoting community protocols and perspectives for ethical engagement with First Nations peoples and their languages.
- Engaging productively and transparently with community needs, priorities, and local research agendas appropriate to each context.
- Designing and implementing language reclamation and revitalization projects drawing on interdisciplinary methodologies, predicated on community-based consultation, participation, and collaboration.
- Perceiving, distinguishing and transcribing speech sounds of endangered languages, and exploring their relationships with community-based orthographies.
- Recognizing and discovering grammatical structures of endangered languages for the benefit of community-based maintenance and revitalization.
- Building individual and community capacity for the application of contextually-appropriate best practices, archival standards and current technologies in multimedia language documentation through recording, archiving, and access.
- Promoting or engaging with family-based and community-based language transfer.
- Using archival and other legacy resources as vehicles to develop and enhance First Nations language fluency.