The webinar "The Emerging Concern for Indigenous Language Education in Public Education in Canada" was organized in collaboration with UArctic Thematic Network on Teacher Education and UNESCO/UNITWIN network on Teacher Education. The webinar contributed also to UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019.
The webinar was held by Assosciate professor Frank Deer from the University of Manitoba.
The presentation reported on a study that is investigating how public school districts in Canada are responding to the educational imperatives associated with indigenous language programming. The main goals for this study are: 1) investigate public school involvement in indigenous language programming, 2) explore language in the contexts of disciplinary subjects, community involvement, relevant pedagogies, educational learning materials, professional development, staffing, policy and other relevant factors, and 3) examine the importance of indigenous languages in supporting social and cultural identity development.
In the end of the webinar listeners took part in a discussion of the topic.