Australian Indigenous languages helping those in Canada

Just as in Australia, Canada has numerous indigenous languages that are not found anywhere else in the world. In this article, Lester-Irrabina Rigney, an Aboriginal Professor and visiting fellow to the University of British Columbia from Flinders University, remarks how Canada is sitting on a fold mine if you will of indigenous language yet not doing anything to preserve them. He explains that from language you gain knowledge, and if you allow the language to decay, you are allowing a wealth of knowledge to die with it. He suggests that the way in which research is conducted must change in order to better understand the indigenous languages and gain their important indigenous knowledge. Through the Okanagan’s Summer Institute of Interdisciplinary Indigenous Studies, he hopes to exemplify the ‘pitfalls and best practices in conducting research with indigenous communities”.

Elizabeth MacFarlane

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