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Our Languages Belong Here: Indigenous Language Revitalization in Urban Contexts
September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Lindsay Morcom, recognized scholar of Indigenous languages, will discuss the need for their revitalization during a virtual presentation from Dickinson College’s Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. Her lecture, “Our Languages Belong Here: Indigenous Language Revitalization in Urban Contexts,” will be livestreamed on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium, 360 W. Louther St. The event is free and open to the public.
Morcom will explain the threat to Indigenous languages and the role of community in urban approaches to language revitalization. She finds that countering the threat to Indigenous languages becomes an act of decolonization and resistance, and therefore changes how Indigenous people develop and understand their relationship with community, identity, place and land. Through language revitalization, urban Indigenous communities reaffirm that Indigenous languages and people belong in the city, and the land on which cities were built remains Indigenous land.
Morcom is associate professor and Canada Research Chair in Language Revitalization and Decolonizating Education at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with experience in education, Aboriginal languages, language revitalization and linguistics. She also works with the Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest, an urban language revitalization group and learning community. A member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, she is of mixed Anishinaabe, Black Sea German and French heritage.