CILLDI Seeks New Director

Director, Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute

Competition No.  – A110720557
Closing Date  – Jul 08, 2013

Applications are invited for the appointment of Director, Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI), administered through the Department of Linguistics (Faculty of Arts) at the University of Alberta. CILLDI is an annual summer school committed to the revitalization of Canada’s Indigenous languages through language documentation techniques, linguistic training and second language teacher education. CILLDI was founded in 2000 and has offered nearly 80 courses and welcomed almost 400 individual students in its 12 years of operation. It is a tri-Faculty initiative at the University of Alberta, involving the Faculties of Arts, Education, and Native Studies. CILLDI’s purpose is to support individuals at the community level by providing basic training in linguistics, native languages, second language teaching methodologies, curriculum and resource development, and other aspects of professional enhancement such as language-related research and policy-making. An important aspect of CILLDI is the Community Linguist Certificate (CLC), offered through Linguistics and awarded by the Faculty of Arts. The CLC provides linguistic analysis and language documentation training to speakers of Canada’s Aboriginal languages who are interested in working towards the preservation of their languages.

The Director will have the opportunity to lead the development of a successful and evolving institute and help advance university-community relationships. Key activities will include consulting with Aboriginal communities across Western Canada and beyond, developing and implementing a strategic plan in consultation with the Deansworking with experienced and dedicated staff to advance CILLDI knowledge and practice, liaising with U of A and Faculty of Arts Senior Administrators, Directors and instructors and ensuring human and financial resources for sustaining CILLDI operations. Some teaching during CILLDI and in the Department of Linguistics and/or Native Studies during the regular term will be expected.

Ideal candidates must have extensive experience in working with Indigenous and endangered language communities, as well as a strong record of research and teaching, especially in the teaching of Aboriginal languages as second languages, applied linguistics and technologies supporting the documentation of Aboriginal languages. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in an administrative capacity, as well as strong leadership and communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of community partners, faculty, staff and students. A PhD is required.

This full-time contract academic appointment will take effect in September, 2013 for a two-year term. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Contract Academic Staff: Teaching agreement (CAST).

To receive consideration, online letters of application (including a curriculum vitae and the names of three referees) and teaching dossier should be submitted by July 8, 2013.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

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SILS 21 Final Program Draft Available — and response

Dear Friends of Indigenous Languages:

The final draft of the SILS 20 conference program is now available at . I am also happy to announce the date and location of SILS 21:

21st Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
January 16-19, 2014, Hilo, Hawaiʻi

SILS 21 will be hosted January 16-19, 2014 by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in its newly completed Hawaiian language building. Hawaiʻi, and outer-island Hilo in particular, have one of the highest concentrations of young Native American language speakers anywhere. Yet, fifty years ago, no children spoke Hawaiian in Hilo. The change is the result of aligning school programming with an official language status. Visits to language immersion programs from preschool to the doctorate will be central to SILS 2014, as will be post-visitation discussion groups (Search: Oiwi TV No Anei Ko Kakou Ola). Challenges such as government testing, developing curricula, and parent involvement will receive special attention. Registration information will be forthcoming at .

Jon Reyhner, Ed.D.
SILS Steering Committee Coordinator &
Professor of Bilingual Multicultural Education
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011


Hi Jon- Sorry I won’t be there for the SILS conference, the agenda looks great. Could you please forward this message to your list serve? ANA still needs more reviewers for our upcoming language competition-June 21-28. We are reviewing our panel reviewer applicant pool and will be inviting potential reviewers to participate, there is a mandatory training and paperwork to complete. As a reminder, the panel for ANA Language Grants will be the last week of June (June 21-28) and new reviewers will receive training prior to the panel. They will review 7 applications each, and be compensated. All reviews will be conducted remotely, with panels meeting via teleconference, so no travel will be involved. If you are not available or eligible to review for language, you can still consider reviewing for ANA’s other competitions. Please share with anyone that may be interested.
Michelle Sauve Senior Project Consultant Administration for Native Americans Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
901 D St., SW, Washington, DC 20447 (202) 260-6974

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Good News To Share Gai hon nya ni AKJR E learning

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Amos Key, Jr
Language Director

519-759-2650 ext 238

184 Mohawk St.
P.O. Box 1506
Brantford, ON N3T 5V6 

Woodland Cultural                                               Centre

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From Kelleen Toohey:

Dear colleagues,

Some bumf for our recently launched website. We would love it if some of your students, or their students would like to contribute.

All best, Kelly Toohey

Experience and utilize this exciting web site and iPad application for children aged 10 – 13. Students can create digital stories (text, illustrations and audio recordings) in two languages of their choice (English or French and other non-official language(s)). Teachers can use the website to help children learn language skills in a fun way.

Go to to find out how you can use this tool in your class.

Kelleen Toohey, Professor
Faculty of Education
Simon Fraser University Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 CANADA
phone: 778 782 4517

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MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship

maijournal_0Kia ora,

The newest issue of MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship (Volume 2, 1) is now live! Please visit to check it out.

Noho ora mai,

Kimiora Brown | Publications and Journal Coordinator
MAI Journal: A New Zealand Journal of Indigenous Scholarship
DDI: +64 9 923 2376 | Fax: +64 9 373 7928
Email: | Website:
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga: New Zealand’s Indigenous Research Centre for Excellence

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The Sequester Hits the Reservation

Hi All.

Bill Cook, linguist and supporter of Cherokee language things, sent me this to show how national level economic disasters come around to harm the Native Americans in the U.S.


On 21/03/2013 8:27 PM, William Cook wrote:> March 20, 2013
> The Sequester Hits the Reservation
> The Congressional Republicans who brought us the mindless budget cuts
> known as the sequester have shown remarkable indifference to
> life-sustaining government services, American jobs and other programs.
> So what do they make of the country’s commitments to American Indians,
> its longstanding obligations to tribal governments under the
> Constitution and treaties dating back centuries?
> Very little, it seems. The sequester will impose cuts of 5 percent
> across the Indian Health Service, the modestly financed agency within
> the United States Department of Health and Human Services that
> provides basic health care to two million American Indians and native
> Alaskans. It is underfinanced for its mission and cannot tolerate more
> deprivation.
> Here lies a little-noticed example of moral abdication. The biggest
> federal health and safety-net programs — Social Security, Medicaid,
> the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Supplemental Nutrition
> Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, and veterans’
> compensation and health benefits — are all exempt from sequestration.
> But the Indian Health Service is not.
> The agency was supposed to be spared the worst of the automatic cuts;
> at least that is what its officials believed. Under a 1985 law that
> served as the model for the current sequester, annual cuts to
> appropriations for the Indian Health Service could not exceed 2
> percent.
> Even a cut of that amount is very bad news for the main health care
> provider for some of the poorest and sickest Americans, living in some
> of the most remote and medically underserved parts of the country.
> Like care for veterans, Indian health was supposed to be one area in
> which duty and compassion trumped cheapness.
> The agency’s officials were braced for that level of cuts, but they
> were mistaken. The Office of Management and Budget interpreted the
> sequestration law to mean that the 2 percent cap did not apply to most
> of the Indian Health Service financing.
> The agency’s director, Yvette Roubideaux, had to warn tribal leaders
> last September to plan for a much bigger, $220 million cut, which it
> expects will lead to 3,000 fewer inpatient admissions and 804,000
> fewer outpatient visits each year.
> The Indian Health Service operates 320 health centers, 45 hospitals,
> 115 health stations and 4 school health centers across the country.
> The vast majority of these are on reservations, where poverty,
> disease, substance abuse, suicide and other public health challenges
> are severe.
> The government has been increasing its support for the service in the
> last decade; at a hearing on Tuesday of the House Appropriations
> Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, the
> chairman, Mike Simpson, an Idaho Republican, noted that between 2000
> and 2012, financing rose to $4.4 billion from $2.4 billion.
> This has allowed some improvement and stability in services. But Dr.
> Roubideaux told Mr. Simpson that the agency’s catastrophic health
> emergency fund, which reimburses providers for trauma care and major
> surgeries, would still run out of money before the end of the year.
> The federal government cannot use its budget nihilism to avoid its
moral and legal obligations.
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Call for Abstracts: Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries

Dear Barbara,

 Could you please forward the following call for papers to your distribution list? Those interested can also consult for more information about the Foundation for Endangered Languages and its past conferences.

Thank you,


Call for Abstracts: FEL XVII – Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries: Ottawa, Canada, Oct 2013

The Seventeenth Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages in association with Carleton University: School of Canadian Studies and School of Linguistics and Language Studies Ottawa, Canada

Endangered Languages Beyond Boundaries:

Community Connections, Collaborative Approaches, and Cross-Disciplinary Research

Carleton University

Ottawa, Ontario


Dates: 1-4 October 2013

Call for Abstracts: FEL XVII

The 2013 FEL Conference will be held in Ottawa, the capital of Canada and headquarters of the country’s national Aboriginal organizations. The many endangered Indigenous languages across Canada make it an excellent setting for a conference that will explore collaboration, community involvement, and cross-disciplinary research on endangered languages. The conference will highlight community connections, collaborative approaches, intergenerational cooperation, technological and social media related innovations, and community-researcher alliances. We seek to bring together speakers, activists, and researchers, from a range of disciplines, organizations, and governments, all striving to understand and improve the situation of endangered languages, and to broaden awareness of the importance and implications of language maintenance and revitalization for individual and community well-being overall.

Efforts world-wide to preserve, maintain, and revitalize endangered languages often encounter limited resources and funding. This points to the need for collaborative approaches and for the pooling of resources, whether on a local, national, or international scale. Such cooperative ventures extend beyond the constraints of boundaries, whether these involve linguistic or ethnic identities; geography; jurisdictions; community size, type and location (urban, rural, isolated); political or social considerations; language status (official or unofficial, dominant or minority); familial and generational ties; academic disciplines; or institutional or group affiliations.

Such barriers, and the challenges they may pose, can raise significant issues for collaborative and community-centred approaches aimed at strengthening endangered languages. For example:

  • Where there are multiple dialects, should language support efforts be prioritized or focused on the more viable varieties of a particular endangered language or language group? Do endangered languages and their variants need a critical mass? Should efforts to support them lead to their coalescence despite these boundaries? On what basis should these decisions be made?  
  • What challenges (and compromises) are involved in decision-making related to language standardization? Should there be an effort to standardize across the dialects to establish one definitive version of a writing system?
  • What collaborative approaches, such as the sharing of existing language resources, curriculum development, knowledge transfer, training and best practices, can best aid communities with critically endangered languages or dialects (e.g. providing opportunities to individuals to learn a dialect even if it is not their own)? 
  • What types and models of collaborative research and communication can help communities to ensure that their language perspectives and goals are integrated? For example, strictly linguistic classifications of a community’s language may differ from those based on social considerations and political boundaries.  
  • To what extent can existing standardized frameworks of language assessment, such as UNESCO’s Language Vitality Endangerment (LVE) Framework and Fishman’s Graded Intergenerational Disruption Scale (GIDS), help to yield comparable data? How can community-defined factors and aspects of a given community unique to it be integrated into these frameworks?
  • How can surveys and data be used to develop measures and indicators in the assessment of language vitality?
  • In contrast to isolated communities, the situation can be exacerbated in urban environments by the prevalence of the dominant language. How can urban language revitalization efforts be enhanced? How can people play a major role in the mainstream culture without sacrificing their endangered language and culture?
  • How can people in the dominant culture and their governments be made aware of and sensitive to the issues of endangered languages?
  • How can endangered language practitioners take advantage of technology to increase awareness among the mainstream about endangered languages? How can technology be used to teach and increase the use of endangered languages?
  • How can generations support each other in strengthening their endangered languages? How can Elders, adults, and youth work together to develop terminology in new domains, such as technology and social media, that existing vocabulary may not cover?
  • What is the importance of language learning and revitalization for individual and community well-being, health and educational outcomes?

Abstracts are invited on the following, though not limited to, kinds of topics:

  • Connections within, between and among endangered language communities

(Shared or different language varieties, status, identities, geography, locations)

  • Connections within or between families and generations
  • Collaborative approaches between communities and:

o   language and cultural organizations;

o   university-based researchers; and,

o   schools, other organizations and governments

  • Collaborative approaches through technology and new media
  • Cross-Disciplinary (inter- and multi-disciplinary) research related to endangered languages
  • International approaches to language training and revitalization


Presentations will be twenty minutes, with ten minutes for discussion and questions and answers. Keynote lectures (by invitation only) will be forty-five minutes each.

Abstract submission:

Single page abstracts of a maximum of 500 words should be submitted by the 22nd of April 2013.

Abstracts received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Abstracts are to be submitted for consideration in either English or French.

Once accepted, full papers can be submitted in either English or French.

If you are using special (language) fonts in your abstract submission, please make sure that they are Unicode or encoded in your pdf.

In addition to the abstract, on a separate page, please include the following information:

NAME(S): Names of the author(s)

TITLE: Title of the paper

INSTITUTION: Institutional affiliation, if any

E-MAIL: E-mail address of first author, if any

ADDRESS: Postal address of the first author

TEL: Telephone number of the first author, if any

FAX: Fax number of the first author, if any.

For submission of abstracts three methods are possible, as below:

1. EasyChair:

Authors will have to take the following steps:

– go to

– if you already have an EasyChair account you can just enter your user

name and password and log in.

– if you don’t have an account, you will be redirected, or click on the link here, Follow the instructions and log in;

– click on ‘new submission’ and follow the instructions.

Type or paste your title and abstract into “Title, Abstract and Other Information” in plain text.  You may also submit your abstract as a pdf file, in which case you type “see attached file” in the abstract textbox.

We shall publish more guidelines for the submission process on

If you experience a problem with EasyChair please email for assistance at

2. E-Mail:

In case you are not able to submit your abstract via EasyChair, please send your abstract with the subject of the e-mail stating: FEL Abstract: <last name of the author(s)> : <title of paper (with the other necessary details) via e-mail to the following address:

3. Post:

Finally, in case you are not able to submit your abstract via EasyChair or e-mail, please send your abstract and details on paper to the following address (to arrive by 22nd April, 2013):

FEL XVII Conference Administration

Foundation for Endangered Languages

172 Bailbrook Lane

Bath BA1 7AA

United Kingdom

The name of the first author will be used in all correspondence. Submitters will be informed about their abstracts by May 15th, 2013. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be required to submit their full papers for publication in the Proceedings by July 8th, 2013, together with their registration fee (to be announced soon).

Important Dates

  • Abstract arrival deadline: April 22nd, 2013.
  • Notification of acceptance of paper: May 15th, 2013.
  • In case of acceptance, the full paper will be due by July 8th, 2013. It is a condition of speaking at the conference that authors will submit a hard copy of their paper by this deadline. (Further details on the format of text will be specified to the authors.)
  • Conference dates: October 1-4, 2013

Possible conference excursions and activities (to be announced) include:  a pre-conference language-relevant excursion planned for the day, Tuesday, October 1st (visit to Aboriginal community – to be confirmed); reception Tuesday evening October 1st; banquet Thursday October 3rd; and possible post-conference two-day weekend trip October 5th and 6th.

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