Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium

Thank you to everyone who attended!

SILS 2019
June 6-8th 2019
Hosted by the Linguistic and Native Studies
Departments at the University of Manitoba
Sponsored by Indigenous Strategy, Red River College of
Applied Arts, Science and Technology
Located at Red River College - The Roblin Centre
160 Princess Street
Winnipeg, MB

Call for Papers

To celebrate the Year of Indigenous Languages, we invite you to join us in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, Treaty One territory and the homeland of the M├ętis Nation on June 6-8, 2019. We are home to speakers of seven Indigenous languages which Indigenous communities, school districts, colleges and universities are developing programs in classrooms and on the land to strengthen and grow.

We invite teachers, activists, students and scholars to submit proposals for presentations, posters or workshops to share their best teaching practices, efforts to support documentation and revitalization, and linguistic research.

Submission Deadline: April 20th 2019
Notification of Acceptance: April 30th 2019

Topics may include but are not limited to:
* Culture-Based Education
* Language Revitalization / Reclamation /Maintenance
* Immersion Schools, Mentor-Apprentice Programs and
Other Paths to Fluency
* Language Learning on the Land
* Community Organizing / Fund Development / Activism
/ Program Planning
* Research / Assessment / Best Practices 
* Technology / Audio-Visual Language Maintenance &
Revitalization Techniques
* Other Indigenous Language Education Topics 
* Elder, Speaker, Teacher and Student Outreach and

Types of presentations:
* Workshop (45 or 90 minutes): Hands-on session in
which participants learn and practice specific skills
such as language teaching or testing techniques,
culturally based language education strategies.
Presenters are encouraged to use handouts and
audio-visual aids and share their own curriculum and
teaching materials. We welcome proposals for
multi-presenter workshops, which may be assigned
longer time slots if needed.
* Presentation (30 minutes): A paper presentation of
academic research or community best practices
concerning Indigenous languages. Presenters are
encouraged to use handouts and audio-visual aids. 
* Panel: Presenters who prefer to submit three
separately-authored related paper presentations
as a panel are encouraged to do so. Presenters are 
encouraged to use handouts and audio-visual aids.
* Poster (2 hour joint session): Similar to a presentation,
but instead of an oral presentation the presenter
prepares a poster which attendees can view and discuss
during a specific time slot. This format is especially
suitable for student presenters and for work-in-progress.
The poster session will be held on Thursday June 7th at
the end of the day during the welcome reception.
* Round Table (45 or 90 minutes): A panel of 3-5 members
to facilitate a group discussion on issues related to
Indigenous language education, revitalization,
documentation and/or research, in order to share
ideas and opinions in a more informal format.

Please fill in the proposal form with your contact information and send it to by April 20th, 2019

We look forward to reading your proposals! For questions, please email

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