CILLDI 2013

CILLDI 2013 ran from July 8th to July 26th at the University of Alberta in Assiniboia Hall, Education, the Computing Science Centre, the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Central Academic Building. Two courses were also taught off campus in Wabasca, AB. 48 students attended either one or two of the following courses:

 

Block 1 (July 8-17)

LING 111: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis for Indigenous Language Revitalization (Instructor Darin Flynn)

LING 212: Morphosyntax of Indigenous Languages (Instructor Sally Rice)

LING 311: Online Tools for Language Revitalization (Instructor Jordan Lachler)

EDEL 306: Introduction to Language and Literacy Development (Instructor Brenda Kelly)

EDEL 463/595: Assessment in Indigenous Language Classrooms (Instructor Alvine Mountain Horse)

 

Block 2 (July 18-26)

LING 211: Phonetics of Indigenous Languages  (Instructor Benjamin Tucker)

LING 213: Sentence and Discourse Patterns of Indigenous Languages (Instructor Jordan Lachler)

EDEL 462/595: Developing Classroom Materials and Curriculum for Indigenous Languages (Instructors Laura Burnouf and Minnie McKenzie)

 

Wabasca, AB

LING 111: Introduction to Linguistic Analysis for Indigenous Language Revitalization (Instructor Conor Snoek)

LING 211: Phonetics of Indigenous Languages (Instructor Conor Snoek)

 

In 2013, four students graduated from the Community Linguist Certificate program. They represented four different language communities between them: Cree, Nisga’a, North Slavey, and Tlicho.

The CILLDI Internship Program ran a second time in 2013. The lovely interns of 2013 were: Andrea Tam, Bonnie Dawson, Claudia Heinrich, Ehecatzin Castillo Bernabe, Holly Pickering, Jennifer Hinnell, Li Cheng Zhu, Michaela Stang, Michelle Garcia-Vega, Rebekka Puderbaugh, Shaina Humble, Shelby Hayden, and Yasemin Tulpar. Jordan Lachler was the CILLDI Director for the 2013  institute, and Faun Rice was the CILLDI Administrative Assistant.  Shelby Lamframboise-Helgeson was the APYWCL Coordinator, while Maureen Belanger, Ivy Houle, Donna MacDonald, Margaret Cardinal, Lissa Davies and Kelly Reierson delivered the APYWCL program.

The fifth year of the Alliance Pipeline's Young Women's Circle of Leadership (APYWCL) took place from July 8 to July 17, 2013. The Alliance Pipeline's Young Women's Circle of Leadership program was for young aboriginal women aged 12-16. Many of these young women were children or relatives of adult CILLDI students.  Each day, participants were immersed in Cree language and cultural activities involving leadership, drama and technology.

Along with participation in courses, the students came together for social and cultural events. The program opened and closed with a sharing circle, where students, interns, and instructors took a moment to speak and listen to one another about their backgrounds, interests, and missions. On July 17th many students attended a presentation given by the Alliance Pipeline Young Women’s Circle of Leadership, and on Saturday the 20th a Language Festival was held at Fort Edmonton Park. Students took the opportunity to perform, tell stories, and sing. This year, CILLDI staff conducted filmed interviews with several students in an effort to record some of the work that the CILLDI community has been doing. These interviews, along with footage of the language festival, will be available on the CILLDI website when they have been digitally processed.

Languages spoken at the 2013 Institute included Cree, Dene, Denesuline, Gwich'in, Inuvialuktun, Michif,  Nakoda, Nisga'a, North Slavey, South Slavey, Tlicho (Dogrib), and Tsuut'ina.  This year we also had one student representing Teochew, a dialect from southern China.

 

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