MALS Language Symposium – May 31 - June 1, 2023

Ki kiikidowininaand Maamawi’opiwin: E mamawiya aski Gathering on the Land

MALS Gathering for Our Languages Symposium – June 2-3, 2022 poster cover
Symposium Poster (pdf PDF)

The purpose of MALS is to promote, revitalize, and retain the Aboriginal Languages in Manitoba based on ancestral knowledges of our Grandparents. Understanding the connectedness of generations and the importance of Indigenous languages teach us who we are as a people. Language ensures a strong connection from the past to the present in a positive way. Our land is where our language is learned and we as Indigenous people need to learn beyond the walls of a classroom.

Keynote speakers and workshop sessions for this symposium will focus on promoting, revitalizing, and maintaining Indigenous languages throughout Manitoba, and other provinces. Individual sessions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Indigenous writing systems
  • Teaching language in the digital age
  • Language apps
  • Teacher apprenticeships & Indigenous language immersion programming
  • Local initiatives and best practices
  • Sharing research and policy related to Indigenous languages
  • Grandparents and our languages
  • Teaching Indigenous languages
  • Community based Indigenous language programs
  • Language and the land
  • Language program models
  • Language resources
  • Stories, songs, and teachings

Memberships and representatives consists of Grandparents from each of the Manitoba Languages groups, and representatives of leaders from the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) education organizations, provincial school divisions and post-secondary institutes.

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