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SFU Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dr. Marianne Ignace on receiving the 2023 SFU Excellence in Teaching Award.
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Other accolades: 
2020 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada2019 Governor General's Award for Innovation;

Legacy gift funds scholarship awards for Indigenous language learners

Thanks to a generous legacy gift from the Lobstick Foundation, endowments have been created to permanently fund two scholarship awards benefitting Indigenous students, guaranteeing its financial support for Indigenous language learners for many years to come. 

Supporting students enrolled in the Indigenous Languages Program (INLP), the Dr. Aimee August Award in Indigenous Language Proficiency and the Dr. Ruby Peter Graduate Award in Indigenous Language Proficiency were established in honour of their namesakes, who had made great strides in Indigenous language revitalization, instruction, and documentation.

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New master's degree program established to support Indigenous language revitalization

This new two-year program focuses entirely on training individuals who will go on to support the reclamation, revitalization, and strengthening of their Indigenous languages.

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New postdoctoral fellow, James Crippen (Dzéiwsh), aims to break down myths around Indigenous languages

Dr. James Crippen/Dzéiwsh started a Tenure-track appointment in January 2021 at McGill University as as Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics. He was the first postdoctoral fellow in the Indigenous Languages Program in 2020 enabled through Aboriginal Strategic Initiatives.

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The RSC Presents the Class of 2020

The Royal Society of Canada celebrated new Fellows in an induction ceremony today for their "outstanding scholary, scientific and artistic achievement." Seven SFU Researchers were elected into the group of 87 Fellows.

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Elders and great-grandchildren share the legacy of learning Hul'q'umi'num'

CBC News published an article highlighting the work Elder Ruby Peter and the Hul'q'umi'num' Language and Culture Society has done to preserve the Hul'q'umi'num' language. This past spring, four generations of Elder Peter's family received university honours from SFU. 

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  • On April 2nd, Leah Meunier will present her research presentation at 11:30am, titled sx̌ʷəx̌ʷəy̓ém̓ ‘Stories’ of Intergenerational Transmission of Indigenous Traditional, Ecological, and Cultural Knowledges. Then at 3:00pm, she will present a pedagogy presentation titled x̌ʷəx̌ʷəy̓ém̓ ‘Storying’ Traditional, Ecological, and Cultural Knowledges. Attend in-person at Robert C. Brown Hall on Burnaby Campus, Room 7402. 
  • chuutsqa/Layla Rorick is presenting on April 3rd. Her research presentation at 11:30am is titled Indigenous language documentation and teaching practice in a 100-hour Hesquiaht language camp on Hesquiaht land. Her pedagogy presentation at 3:00pm is titled Hesquiaht guidance for Hesquiaht land based language instruction. Attend in-person at Robert C. Brown Hall on Burnaby Campus, Room 7402.