SFU professor Marianne Ignace has long championed a collaborative approach to revitalizing First Nations languages and culture. Since 2013, she has led a partnership program with 20 Indigenous communities across B.C., Yukon and Alaska to preserve First Nations languages. Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the program has documented languages with Indigenous elders, developed digital storage and retrieval systems, and created language-learning apps for new speakers.
This month, SSHRC honoured Marianne with a prestigious Partnership Award—one of five SSHRC Impact Awards—for her outstanding achievement in advancing research that impacts community.
The First Nations Language Centre is working on a variety of diverse projects to revitalize and support the learning of First Nations languages.