International Symposium on Indigenous Languages on February 11

Symposium on Indigenous Languages:

Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages!

To mark the announcement by the United Nations (UN) of
the International Decade of Indigenous Languages starting in 2022, Wapikoni and
the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO), in partnership with the Canadian
Museum of History, are proud to launch and present the International Symposium
on Indigenous Languages. For the occasion, Perry Bellegarde, National Chief of
the Assembly of First Nations, and Tarcila Rivera Zea, designated member of the
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, will be the guests of
honour. The event will feature a series of panels and lectures followed by a
cocktail reception and performances.

February 11, 2020, from 1 to 5 p.m. followed by an honorary reception

Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau

The symposium aims to reflect collectively on the
promotion, safeguarding and revitalization of Indigenous languages by
presenting Canadian and international artistic, cultural, media and political
initiatives. Reflections will focus on the presentation of significant and
promising projects but will also open the debate on the road ahead. The
recommendations will then be published in the Symposium Proceedings and
will serve to initiate the actions to be undertaken for the decade

Creation Panel

Indigenous artists from Quebec, Canada and Chile discuss the challenges of creating in Indigenous languages and the successes of supporting the emergence of talent and the development of an artistic signature specific to Indigenous cultures.


Four First Nations and Inuit filmmakers, selected for
the first Wapikoni creation residency, each created a work highlighting their
relationship with their languages, cultures and identities.

Broadcasting Panel

The actors and actresses of the broadcasting
community, with varied perspectives from the North and the South, look at the
different ways to promote Indigenous languages.

Influences Panel

Raise awareness and educate one’s environment through transmission and sharing. This exchange focuses on the importance of the dissemination of Indigenous languages in institutional, academic, political, media and community settings.

Honorary  Reception (cocktail and performances) | from 6 p.m.
| Limited seating

The reception will take place in the magnificent Grand
Hall of the Canadian Museum of History. International partners, dignitaries and
guests of honour will be in attendance to highlight the importance of the
International Decade of Indigenous Languages! A musical performance by
Anachnid, under the artistic direction of Musique nomade, will close the

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