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2016 SICC First Nations' Language Keepers Conference

Annually, in late November, the SICC hosts its annual First Nations' Language Keepers Conference (FNLKC). This annual gathering is the leading national conference devoted to preserving, promoting and protecting First Nations languages and cultures. It brings together academics, Knowledge Keepers, Elders, master speakers, community leaders and students from across Canada and the United States. 2016 marks our 11th year and the theme is Celebrating Youth: Our Future Language Keepers. The conference will be held at the Saskatoon Inn & Conference Centre
2016 FNLKC Final Report
Download the final report here.
2016 Links
SICC FNLKC Call for Presenters
SICC FNLKC Participant Registration Form
SICC FNLKC Group Participant Registration Form
SICC FNLKC Volunteers Information
SICC FNLKC Trade Show Registration Form
SICC FNLKC Agenda (Updated November 21, 2016)
Photography and Video Notice
Please note that there will be photographers and videographers on site. The images taken at our Conference are used to promotional purposes, on our website and social media as well as for the final report and future promotion. Videos taken at our Conference are used for promotional purposes, on our website and social media and future promotion. Videos taken of the all presenters will be posted afterward for public consumption.
2016 Promotional Media
2016 FNLKC Elder William Ratfoot Plains Cree Invitation
2016 FNLKC Elder Rose Pambrum Saulteaux Invitation
2016 FNLKC Elder Howard Walker Plains Cree & Saulteaux Invitation
2016 FNLKC Elder Lorraine Yuzicappi Dakota Invitation
2016 FNLKC Elder Phil Morin Woodland Cree Invitation
2016 FNLKC Julius Park Dene Invitation
2016 FNLKC Miss FSIN Maggie Eastman Dakota & Plains Cree Invitation
Hotels Nearby Conference Site
Heritage Inn Hotel & Conference Centre
Sandman Hotel Saskatoon
Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon
Riviera Motor Inn
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Saskatoon Airport
Country Inn & Suites by Carlton
MainStay Suites Saskatoon
Conference Keynotes, Community Showcase and Elders Panel
November 23, 2016
9:45 am to 10:45 am - Language Revitalization, Innovation & Hope - Robert Hall (Blackfeet)
11:00 am to 12:30 pm - Elders Panel Language Discussion - William Ratfoot (Plains Cree), Rose Anne Adam (Dene), Peter Nippi (Saulteaux), Ken Crowe (Dakota), Armand McArthur (Nakota), Hartland Goodtrack (Lakota) and Moderated by Harry Walker (Plains Cree)
November 24, 2016
9:30 am to 10:30 am - Inspiring Indigenous Language - Belinda Daniels (Plains Cree)
10:45 am to 12:00 pm - Ballroom A, B, C - nastow anehiyoweyak - Ira Horse (Plains Cree)
Conference Workshops
Please note that the Workshops here and on our Agenda are living documents with periodic changes expected due to scheduling conflicts and various other reasons. These abstracts and agenda are dated November 17, 2016.
November 23, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
Ballroom A - #StandingRockSyllabus Project: Teaching and Learning through Decolonial Struggles, Elsa Hoover (Dakota)
Ballroom B - Tactics Fail, Strategies Work, That's SIC - Mike Parkhill (Multi-Linguistic)
Ballroom C - Untitled - John Spyglass (Nakota & Plains Cree)
Manitoba Room - Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey Education in Mi'kmaq Language Development - Blaire Gould & Yolanda Denny (Mi'kmaw)
November 23, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Ballroom A - UnBQ Cree & Denesuline Language Programs - Wayne Jackson & Jessie Sylvestre (Cree & Dene)
Ballroom B - Saulteaux Anishbe (Nakawe) Worldview & Importance of Language - Peter Nippi (Saulteaux)
Ballroom C - Land Based Elder Driven Curriculum - Sylvia Weenie & Noella Mitsuing (Plains Cree)
Manitoba Room - Building Competent Storytelling, Understanding Anatomy of Words - Robert Hall (Blackfeet)
November 24, 2016 from 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm
Ballroom A - Nipugtugewei Nature-Based Kindergarten - Joyce Germain & Brenda Germain (Mi'kmaw)
Ballroom B - Building Relationships, Engaging Indigenous Youth through Technology to Strengthen Culture, Language & Identity - Holly Toulejour (Dene)
Ballroom C -  From the Page to the Stage - Curtis Peeteetuce (Plains Cree)
Manitoba Room - Telling Our Traditional Stories to Recapture Culture - Solomon Ratt (Woodland Cree)
Canadian Room - First Nations Educators' Classroom Essentials - Celia Deschambault (Swampy Cree)
November 24, 2016 from 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Ballroom A - Kairos' Blanket Exercise, Treaty 4 Language Sovereignty Spin - Oski-pimohtahtamwak otayisiniwiwaw (Plains Cree)
Ballroom B - 4 Directions 4 Connections, Resiliency at its Best - Joline Mearon-Bull, Charlene Barclay & Ida Bull (Plains Cree)  
Ballroom C - nehiyawak Summer Language Experience - Belinda Daniels & Christine Ravenis (Plains Cree) 
Manitoba Room - Youth Engagement in Lakota Country, Success Stories from the Language Movement - Elliot Tinker (Lakota)
Canadian Room - Connecting Youth to Sights & Sounds of nehiyaw Language - Reuben Quinn (Plains Cree)
Our Sponsors
Bison Sponsor $10,000+
Caribou Sponsor $5,000+
Bear Sponsor $1,500+
Wolf Sponsor $1,499 or less
SICC Contact: 

Melody Wood
Indigenous Systems Coordinator
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre
305-2555 Grasswood Road East
Saskatoon SK S7T 0K1
Phone: 306-244-1146
Fax: 306-665-6520
Email: melody.wood@sicc.sk.ca

E-mail: info@sicc.sk.ca

Phone: (306) 244-1146