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The First Nations Education Steering Committee is pleased to present the First Nations Languages Conference, which is a major networking and professional development opportunity for BC’s school and community-based First Nations language educators and advocates. Together, we will explore the conference theme, Language Learning on the Land, and engage in workshops about First Nations languages teaching methods, assessment tools, advocacy, and technology.


See the Final Program

Registration is now closed.

Registration types:
$250 Regular
$150 Elder (60+)
$150 Student (with a student card)
$150 One Day
$0 Language Champion (recognized at past language conference)


We invite you to book a room on-site at our conference venue, the Coast Plaza Hotel, 1763 Comox Street, Vancouver.Book accommodation by June 19, 2017 quoting “First Nations Language Conference” or “CPS-GFC3796621″ for the event rates ($157 single / $177 dbl)


Alternate / Overflow Room Block

Sandman Suites Vancouver – Davie Street, 1160 Davie Street, Vancouver

Guests must quote Group Number 365707

Sandman Suites on Davie at Tel. 604-681-7263

Reservations: 1-800-726-3626

Standard Queen Suite at $169.00 per room night

All rates are before 17.5% tax, non-commissionable and based on Triple Occupancy

** The cut-off date is June 19, 2017.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Featured Speakers

Keynote and Workshops:

Learn about Indigenous language revitalization and education efforts in Hawaiʻi through two of Hawaiʻi’s foremost language champions, Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā and Dr. William “Pila” Wilson. Dr. Kamanā has more than 30 years of personal and professional experience in Hawaiian language revitalization. She is a founding member of the non-profit ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, the leading language revitalization organization in the United States. She also serves as the director of Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu, the internationally-renowned Hawaiian immersion laboratory school in Keaʻau. Dr. Wilson, founding member of the ʻAha Pūnana Leo, is a professor in Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai’i Hilo. As the Division Chair of Academic Programs, Wilson established the first B.A. program in the U.S. to be taught in an Indigenous language.

Workshops: In a special two-part workshop, hear about a successful language program in eastern Canada from Owennatekham Brian Maracle, one of the founders of Onkwawénna Kentyóhkwa, a full-time adult Mohawk immersion program. The program, based on its unique root-word method, has spawned similar programs in other communities and languages. Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa has also conducted an online program based on the root-word method for the past two years. Owennatekha will discuss the root-word method that is used in the program, as well as the successes and challenges encountered over the last two decades.