Initiatives in Canada
Programs and initiatives across Canada devoted to promoting language use
Ancestral languages are each unique in the messages they convey and the ideas they share with their speakers, and are thus of an intangible importance.
Below, you will find links and information pertaining to various initiatives across Canada devoted to promoting, empowering, providing education in, and strengthening indigenous languages. As national borders exist independently of ethnic or linguistic boundaries, we also include initiatives for language communities that extend beyond Canada’s borders. Though we acknowledge that European names have been imposed on Indigenous languages (often with little to no respect to the languages' cultures or histories), European names will be used in this database in order for languages to be recognizable to all, and to ensure that one community's name for a particular language isn't used over another.
Click on a language or organization to find more information, and relevant links to the initiatives.In addition, you can view a list of organizations or initiatives responsible for multiple languages here.
If you are involved in a similar initiative and want to share your information with us, or would just like to comment on what you see, we would love to hear from you! You can contact us here.
Aboriginal Languages Initiative
Aboriginal Languages Revitalization Board
Aboriginal Mapping Network
Algonquian Linguistic Atlas
Council of Yukon First Nations
Endangered Languages Project
First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC)
Inuktitut (Arctic Bay Placename Atlas)
Inuktitut (Nunaliit Placename Atlas)
Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre
UNESCO Atlas of Languages in Danger
Organizations and initiatives with multiple languages