Keynote: Revitalizing Indigenous Languages and Lands
We are thrilled to announce the keynote speaker for the WDCAG 2019 Conference presenting on the evening of March 8th. In honour of the UN Year of Indigenous Languages Dr. Onowa McIvor, the Director of the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Research Partnership at the University of Victoria, will be sharing her wisdom and insights with us. Dr. McIvor will engage in a vital conversation about the revitalization of Indigenous languages and their connection to the land. A reception with cash bar and light snacks in the lobby of the Engineering Building will open at 18:00, with the conference official welcome and speaker to follow at 19:00 (Room 116).
Onowa McIvor is maskékow-ininiw (Swampy Cree) and Scottish-Canadian. Her Cree family is from Norway House and Cross Lake in northern Manitoba. She currently resides in SENĆOŦEN and Lekwungen speaking territories. Onowa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria and co-leads the NEȾOLṈEW̱ Research Partnership Grant, a six-year SSHRC project working to understand and enhance Indigenous adults’ contributions to reviving Indigenous languages in Canada.