Register by April 3 for special Early Bird rates! International Indigenous languages conference June 24-26 in Victoria


With three months until HELISET TŦE SḰÁL– ‘Let the Languages Live’ – 2019 International Conference on Indigenous Languages, we’re going full speed ahead to bring you an unforgettable event. There are plenty of updates to share with you, so here’s an overview of what’s new and exciting for #HELISET.

WHAT: In celebration of the United Nations 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages, FPCC and the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation, in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, are hosting a major international conference on Indigenous language revitalization this summer.

The HELISET TŦE SḰÁL – ‘Let the Languages Live’ – 2019 International Conference on Indigenous Languages will bring together Indigenous leaders and language experts, speakers, learners and advocates from around the globe to celebrate, honour and share expertise in Indigenous language reclamation, revitalization and maintenance and to learn about successful language projects in B.C. and around the globe.

WHEN: June 24–26, 2019
Register by the Early Bird deadline (April 3) to save $55 on registration. Indigenous individuals may request assistance with travel costs when registering.

WHERE: Victoria Conference Centre in Victoria, B.C., Canada

Spread the word and join us at this unique event! Come share your knowledge and support grassroots efforts to revitalize our languages worldwide.


We are thrilled to announce our first keynote!

Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams is Lil’watul from Mount Currie. She is professor emerita from the University of Victoria where she was Indigenous Education director and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous knowledge and learning. Dr. Williams will bring her inspiring story and wealth of knowledge about documenting and revitalizing Indigenous languages in British Columbia, Canada and beyond, as a language speaker, advocate and academic.


To apply to be a presenter at the conference, please contact us by April 3.


The goal of the HELISET TŦE SḰÁL – ‘Let the Languages Live’ conference is to provide participants with practical skills and knowledge to support the Indigenous language revitalization work they are leading in their communities and organizations.

For more information, read the program at a glance and visit the conference website regularly for updates.

We look forward to seeing you at the event!


Shay Boechler
Event Manager, First Peoples’ Cultural Council

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