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Keynote Address: Celebrating Indigenous Languages in Academia

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12:30 PM, Friday 5 Nov 2021 (50 minutes)
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Manon Tremblay, Senior Director, Indigenous Directions, Concordia University

Celebrating Indigenous Languages in Academia

As post-secondary institutions seek to reconcile with Indigenous peoples and decolonize the academy, Indigenous languages are afforded very little attention. Universities can play a key role in fostering a thriving learning environment where Indigenous languages are welcomed and celebrated, and in helping to advance language revitalization and development. However, there are important considerations that need to be addressed to ensure academic integrity is maintained. This keynote address will discuss issues and exciting opportunities to build institutional capacity and foster excellence in teaching, learning and communicating in Indigenous languages on campus.


Moderator: Dominique Michaud, Director, Research Development, Office of Research, Concordia University


English to French simultaneous translation will be provided during this session.


Speaker's bio:

Manon Tremblay is the Senior Director, Indigenous Directions at Concordia University where she oversees the implementation of the Indigenous Directions Action Plan.  Prior to her appointment at Concordia, Manon was the Director, Indigenous Research at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada where she led the initiative to build Indigenous research capacity.  Prior to that, she was the Senior Project Leader for the Public Service Commission of Canada’s Aboriginal Centre of Expertise where she worked in strategic Indigenous talent management programs and services.  Manon has dedicated her entire career to the advancement of Indigenous Peoples. A member of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, she is passionate about the preservation of the Cree language.


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