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Tasmanian Aboriginal community split over dual naming of places

By Lucy MacDonald – Paredarerme woman Elena Macdonald lives in a country where few places bear the name given to them by her ancestors. “A lot of people in the wider community don't know the history or even see that there is an existing Aboriginal nation still here on this land,” she said. “It's very important to us to keep...

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Everyone encouraged to boost Sami language visibility this week

By Eilís Quinn – “Sami Language Week is a collective volunteer work to highlight and increase knowledge of the Sami languages ​​throughout society,” say the organizers on the Sami Language Week website. “Private and public institutions, businesses, organizations and other actors are invited to make Sami languages ​​visible this week...

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Lifestyle News

Saving Iñupiaq

By MIT SHASS Communications – Linguistics graduate student Annauk Olin is helping her Alaska Native community preserve their language and navigate the severe impact of climate change. MIT graduate student Annauk Denise Olin didn’t grow up speaking Iñupiaq, the language of her Alaska Native community. Nevertheless, she’s raising her son in...

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Health

Cree-speaking raven puppet helps spread COVID-19 awareness

By Darrell Stranger – There are many initiatives around the world raising awareness about COVID-19 but this one is taking the mission to new heights. Kahkakiw [Ka-Ka-Cue], the Cree word for raven, was created by puppeteer Samson Hunter, who is using Kahkakiw to teach Cree in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. University of Manitoba professor Steph...

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News Technology

First dictionary preserves rare Indigenous Australian language

By Daniel Boffey – A Belgian professor has completed the first dictionary of the Indigenous Australian language of Umpithamu after 17 years of research – but not before its last two active speakers passed away. Jean-Christophe Verstraete, a professor of linguistics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, worked closely with two sisters on a...

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One of the last Indigenous languages lives to sign another day

By Julie Power – Like all hearing people in North-East Arnhem land, the head of the local school at Yirrkala grew up using sign language as much as she spoke – in the same way hearing and non-hearing Indigenous people in northern Australia had communicated for 60,000 years. “It was an everyday thing,” said co-principal of...

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Lifestyle News

Saving Iñupiaq

By MIT SHASS Communications – Linguistics graduate student Annauk Olin is helping her Alaska Native community preserve their language and navigate the severe impact of climate change. MIT graduate student Annauk Denise Olin didn’t grow up speaking Iñupiaq, the language of her Alaska Native community. Nevertheless, she’s raising her son in...

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News Technology

First dictionary preserves rare Indigenous Australian language

By Daniel Boffey – A Belgian professor has completed the first dictionary of the Indigenous Australian language of Umpithamu after 17 years of research – but not before its last two active speakers passed away. Jean-Christophe Verstraete, a professor of linguistics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, worked closely with two sisters on a...

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Lifestyle News

Puppets, animation and song breathe new life into endangered...

By Miragenews.com – A new YouTube series that features puppetry, animation, song and live action is helping keep an ancient Indigenous language alive. ‘Thudaan Diini’, or ‘Red Road’ in the Guugu Yimithirr language, is an innovative series created by the Pama Language Centre, funded through our Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program.

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Technology

Endangered Language Taught: Student graduate learning an...

By Sarita Patel – A group of students wanting to learn an endangered language will graduate virtually after a seven-month course they worked on through the COVID-19 pandemic. They started their course back in November at the Westbank Youth Centre in Westbank First Nation and had a goal of finishing Nsyilxcn 1, the first book of Nsyilxcn...

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Lifestyle

Interview with Isela Xospa, Náhuatl language digital activist

By Rising Voices – For several years I have joined causes, projects and goals of different organizations that focus on the preservation of the environment, the revitalization of indigenous languages ​​and the safeguarding of traditional knowledge and culture of indigenous peoples. This is how the “Exchange of knowledge and digital activism...

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Technology

Tech tools for language learning

By Dawn Mills – The four basic skills of language learning are reading, writing, speaking and listening. With increased access to tech tools in today’s classrooms, attending to the development of speaking and listening skills has become easier. Review these three tips to use English Language Arts tech tools to facilitate progression in all...

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