The Indigenous Language Revitalization Program is designed to implement the use of Indigenous languages within Friendship Centres and communities through the provision of community-based Indigenous language programming. The Indigenous program provides access to culture and/or land-based Indigenous Language activities and requires Friendship Centres to create partnerships and build relationships with external agencies that support Indigenous language learning.
- To reclaim and revitalize Indigenous language proficiency through locally developed approaches;
- To improve access for Indigenous language learning pedagogy that incorporates water and land-based cultural practices;
- To build capacity and proficiency in language speakers of all levels with a focus on expansion of fluent language mentors;
- To promote the integration of Indigenous languages in key community spaces to foster learning and well-being; and
- To provide evidence-based policy advice for the enhancement and expansion of urban Indigenous language revitalization programming.
If you are interested in being an Anishnaabemowin language translator or Anishnaabemowin language learner in this program, please contact Indigenous Language Revitalization Program Coordinator at the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre.