A network of indigenous language activists in Mexico

A Network of Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Mexico

Posted 9 November 2014 4:57 GMT

With 68 indigenous languages and more than 300 variants spoken across the country, Mexico holds the distinction as one of the most linguistically diverse countries in Latin America. Concerns remain because many of these languages are considered endangered and continue to face ongoing challenges, such as the pressure from the dominant language of Spanish and societal discrimination. Unless measures are taken, many of these languages could face an uncertain future.
However, there is good news that the Internet has emerged as a space where many in Mexico can communicate online using indigenous languages, as well as to create new digital content instead of being just consumers of content. More importantly many are becoming more active advocates by encouraging and supporting others to be part of this movement. Their digital activism is part of an overall strategy along with academic research, documentation, and the introduction of language learning in schools, which can help build a foundation for a new generation revitalizing indigenous languages.

 

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7 Things to Know About Native American Languages

Colleen M Fitzgerald
Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Native American Languages Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington

7 Things to Know About Native American Languages

Posted: 11/08/2014 5:12 pm EST  Updated: 11/08/2014 5:59 pm EST

 

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. A recent editorial by Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, suggests that “the vast majority of Americans have a limited — and often mistaken — understanding of Native American history.”

That so? Native American languages can offer deep insights into our nation’s history. Here’s seven things to know about Native American languages.

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Supporting Aboriginal Language Instruction

November 10, 2014 15:30 ET

Supporting Aboriginal Language Instruction

Government of Canada offers continued support to the Selkirk Friendship Centre

SELKIRK, MANITOBA–(Marketwired – Nov. 10, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $21,518 in funding to the Selkirk Friendship Centre so it can continue to offer Cree, Ojibway and Michif language lessons to community members. This funding is provided through Canadian Heritage’s Aboriginal Languages Initiative.

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http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/supporting-aboriginal-language-instruction-1966417.htm