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Colonizing Pasts, Indigenous Futuresm : Imagining Indigenous Languages Beyond the Present Meek, Barbra A., 1967-


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The prediction for most Indigenous languages has been extinction. However, many Indigenous languages are still with us today, including some presumed to be gone. This means that someone somewhere has imagined a future for these languages, for current language users, and for future audiences. But, as with ideas of “success,” not all Indigenous language futures are unfolding in identical ways and not all paths lead to the same end or even to their own intended end. This talk is a reflection on the various efforts that have been imagined and implemented in order to predict and project a future for the Kaska (Dene/Athabaskan) language and some of the unexpected possible futures that have emerged along the way.

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