The United Nations has declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languagesopens a new window to protect and bring awareness to their importance. Indigenous languages are very complex and sacred and a loss of language is a loss of culture.
April 23 is UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Dayopens a new window which pays worldwide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. Calgary Public Library is honouring both events in 2019.
Enjoy Library programmingopens a new window that marks Indigenous History Month, Aboriginal Awareness Week Calgary, and the International Year of Indigenous Languages, including Podcast Live!, Rozsa Arts at the Library, drumming circles, film screenings, and Blackfoot Family Storytime.
Use your free Library card to access eResources like the Prairie Indigenous eBook Collectionopens a new window, which includes titles on language including 100 Days of Creeopens a new window. Or, check out Kanopy, an online video streaming service, to watch documentaries like Language Healers: Native Americans Revitalizing Native Languagesopens a new window and Marie's Dictionary: The Last Fluent Speaker of Wukchumniopens a new window.
In addition to programs offered by the Calgary Public Library, these community organizations offer resources, including information about languages and mentorship:
- Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgaryopens a new window
- Mount Royal University Iniskim Centreopens a new window
- University of Calgary Native Centreopens a new window
- Elizabeth Fry Societyopens a new window
- Niitsitapi Learning Centreopens a new window (Calgary Board of Education)
First Peoples' Languages Book List Recommendations
This selection of titles and interactive resources showcases Canadian Indigenous Languages, customs, stories, and cultures. View more kids' titles on the First Peoples' Languages list, or find more books for adults on the Indigenous Language Inspiration list.