Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research

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Nuk’antwal’wi malh, wa7 szuminem ti nqwalutenlhkalha:

Help each other; our languages are precious

Lorna Williams
Lil'wat First Nation / University of Victoria (Canada)

Monday, June 16, 1-2pm
Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center



Course Information:
Saving and protecting Indigenous languages needs the cooperation and collaboration of every stream of expertise available. The expertise found in the language community, government, organizations, institutions and universities. This talk will highlight the wisdom gained in successful partnerships with First Peoples Cultural Center and the collaborations with a university to develop degrees in Indigenous language revitalization. The challenges and pitfalls in forming and maintaining a relationship to achieve a goal will be discussed.

Instructor Biography:
Lorna Williams is a member of the Lil’wat First Nation of Mount Currie, BC. She retired in December 2014 as the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning, an Associate Professor in Indigenous Education and Linguistics, and Program Director of Aboriginal Education at the University of Victoria. Before joining the University of Victoria, Lorna worked at the Ministry of Education as Director of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Branch for three years where she directed research, policy development and implementation in all areas of education for Aboriginal students. Prior to this appointment, she worked as a First Nations Education Specialist with the Vancouver School Board. Lorna is a strong advocate committed to working with Aboriginal communities to increase the achievement of Aboriginal learners and to teach First Nations language, culture, heritage, traditions, and history to all students. Lorna received her doctorate in education at the University of Tennessee. Her research is in the area of teacher development, collaborative learning and Indigenous language revitalization. Lorna is Chair of First Peoples Culture Council, an organization devoted to Indigenous language revitalization and supports culture ands arts development.

Lorna has co-directed a series of videos called First Nations: The Circle Unbroken and coproducer the award winning film, The Mind of a Child. She has written children’s books, teachers’ guides and developed Lil’wat language curriculum to teach people to read and write the Lil’wat language, which was exclusively oral until 1973. She has organized and trained teachers working in and outside the public school system in applications based on Feuerstein’s theory of structural cognitive modifiability and mediated learning.