Global Indigeneity: Language From the Four Directions


The  27th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium will be held June 25-27, 2020 at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada on the lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples.

SILS2020 will be hosted jointly by Queen’s University; Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna Lanaguage and Cultural Centre, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory; and Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest (KILN) a part of the urban Indigenous community of Kingston, ON.

SILS2020 will focus on global perspectives of Indigenous Language Revitalization, as reflected in the Symposium title, “Global Indigeneity: Language from the Four Directions.” In addition to bringing together voices from around the globe, this theme is inspired by the four directions teachings for understanding health and community in holistic perspective, encompassing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. With this in mind, the Program Committee has identified four broad topic areas: 

  1. Physical – Technologies and products for language revitalization
  2. Mental – Insights and innovations in revitalization research
  3. Emotional – Community connections for revitalization
  4. Spiritual – Creative arts and language revitalization

We invite teachers, activists, students and scholars to submit proposals for presentations, posters, workshops, panels, or creative performances in and around the Four Directions and the four identified broad themes. These themes may be regarded as starting points for topics related to language revitalization and reclamation; community organizing and activism; programs and strategies for revitalization; technology and language revitalization; or any other related themes. 


Queen’s University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory

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