University of Lethbridge Hosting Indigenous Language Symposium

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The symposium will bring together Indigenous language stakeholders from North America and beyond, including elders, community leaders and academics.

The University of Lethbridge will be holding a major conference on keeping First Nations languages alive.

The U of L has teamed up with the Peigen Board of Education in Brocket to host the 25th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium.

It takes place this Thursday through Saturday (June 7-10).

Dr. Inge Genee is a professor with the U of L's Department of Modern Languages. She says a number of aboriginal communities are quickly realizing their traditional languages are fading away and the local Blackfoot population is no exception.

Genee says for most Indigenous people, the language and the culture are intimately connected, noting language and culture are one, which means language always needs to be taught through the culture or along with the culture as a unit.

The symposium brings together Indigenous language stakeholders from North America and beyond including elders, community leaders, and academics.

- Pat Siedlecki

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