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Media Advisory - Queen's University hosts Indigenous language cooperative meeting

Thursday, August 9, 2018

KINGSTON – Queen’s University and the Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO) Language and Cultural Centre are working in partnership to deliver Indigenous Language Fund programs funded by the Ministry of Education. To that end, representatives of all of the six nations of the Rotinonhsyón:ni (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy are gathering at Queen’s for the inaugural Rotinonhsyón:ni Language Cooperative meeting. These representatives include learners, academics, policy makers, administrators, and teachers.


The meeting starts the important work of the Indigenous Language Fund programs in addressing the need for the Rotinonhsyón:ni language family to work in collaboration to support language revitalization activities and to share resources across communities.


The media opportunity will be held Thursday, August 9 at 12:30 pm in Room 202 of Robert Sutherland Hall.


Available for interviews at the 12:30 pm media opportunity are:

Dr. Gordon E. Smith is the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. Dr. Smith received his BA, MA and PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. His current research is on music in Indigenous contexts, with particular emphasis on intergenerational connections around music, resurgence, and healing in Mi’kmaw communities on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Konwanonhsiyohstha Callie Hill is Executive Director of Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na (TTO) Language and Cultural Centre in Tyendinaga, Mohawk Territory. She has a master’s degree in Indigenous Language Revitalization from the University of Victoria. She has been working to revitalize the Mohawk language for the past 15 years.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer

613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca