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Celebrating National Indigenous Languages Day

By Dr. Lorna Wánosts’a7 Williams March 31, 2023 Today is National Indigenous Languages Day, an opportunity to recognize the importance and diversity of Indigenous languages across Canada and to celebrate the efforts of those dedicating themselves to protecting, revitalizing, and relearning them. While many of our languages are facing ongoing threats to our vitality, there

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Looking Back at a Successful Year Inspires Us for the Road Ahead

Gordon Larin, Executive Director, First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation February 9, 2023 We’re just over a year into the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032 , and last year was full of exciting developments for the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation.   Our vision is that Indigenous languages, arts, cultures, and heritage are strong, supported, and

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Decolonizing Science and Higher Education

Dr. Lorna Wánosts’a7 Williams, Board Chair, First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation December 20, 2022 Around the world, Indigenous Knowledge, people, and perspectives have been ignored and systematically excluded from higher education and conventional science. This pervasive phenomenon is complex and multi-layered but amounts to continued intellectual colonization. Indigenous students and academics not only face many barriers

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Higher Education Needs Transformation

June 30, 2022 Indigenous-led efforts to revitalize languages, arts, cultures, and heritage are key to strengthening the vitality of Indigenous knowledge systems that have been impacted by colonization. Higher education has an important role to play in this equation. Yet, post-secondary education in its current form has largely excluded Indigenous Peoples worldwide, to its own

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Message from FPCF Board Chair on National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, a special occasion for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the rich and diverse languages, arts, cultures, voices, experiences, and unique heritage and histories of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people from across the country. The June 21 date was selected for this national observance because it coincided with the summer solstice. For

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B.C. Invests in First Nations Language, Arts, Culture and Heritage Revitalization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 14, 2022 B.C. Invests in First Nations Language, Arts, Culture and Heritage Revitalization W̱JOȽEȽP, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF W̱SÁNEĆ NATION / BRENTWOOD BAY, B.C. The Province is providing close to $35 million in new funding to First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council to support First Nations languages, arts, and

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A decade to secure the future of the original languages of the land

Indigenous languages are at the heart of who we are as Indigenous Peoples, connecting us to our cultures, spirituality, identities, and the land. There’s a growing movement underway, driven by Indigenous Peoples everywhere, to rebuild and secure the vitality of our languages for future generations. The United Nations proclaimed 2022 to 2032 as the International

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Province Awards First-Ever Indigenous Cultural Heritage Endowment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 25, 2022 Province Awards First-Ever Indigenous Cultural Heritage Endowment Long-Term Investment Promotes Reconciliation Indigenous Cultural Vitality W̱JOȽEȽP, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF W̱SÁNEĆ NATION / BRENTWOOD BAY, B.C. The First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation (the Foundation) has established an endowment fund to create opportunities for First Nations communities in B.C. to protect, share, and

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