Events & Programs

2019 SICC First Nations Language Keepers Gathering

Annually in November, the SICC hosts its First Nations Language Keepers Gathering. It is the leading national gathering devoted to preserving, promoting and protecting First Nations languages and cultures. It brings together academics, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, master speakers, educators, community leaders and students from across Canada and the United States. It will be held in Saskatoon on November 6-7, 2019 and the theme is Our Sacred Languages Walk With Us.

2019 SICC Overall Gathering Evaluation

Please fill out the online survey for a chance to win an iPad Mini announced at the end of the day on Nov 7 and you must present to win.

2019 FNLKG Links:

SICC FNLKG Agenda (as of October 29, 2019)
SICC FNLKG Official Poster
SICC FNLKG Sponsorship Package
SICC FNLKG Tradeshow Registration Form
SICC FNLKG Facebook Event Page

2019 FNLKG Registration:

2019 FNLKG Online Registration - Now offline, please see links below...

SICC FNLKG Single Participant Registration Form - Please print out, fill in and email to or fax to 306-665-6520 or call 306-667-4664

SICC FNLKG Group Participant Registration Form - Please print out, fill in and email to or fax to 306-665-6520 or call 306-667-4664

Note on Registration Fees: Registration fees help to offset the direct costs of organizing the FNLKG, including facility rentals, audio/visual equipment, registration services, keynote speakers, signage, program, print materials, and other expenses associated with the gathering. Registration fee is $350 + 5% GST, $17.50 = Total: $367.50 (where taxes are applicable). For senior citizens or student (valid student card required), the registration fee is $100 + 5% GST , $5.00 = Total: $105.00 (where taxes are applicable). Limited to the first 60 students who register with payment. Student discount applies to full-time students only. Fax or mail forms to the SICC by October 30, 2019. After this date, please bring payment on site.

Note on Cancellation/Substitution: Cancellation of registration should be sent in writing to SICC, by fax 306- 955-3577 or email to Cancellations will be accepted until October 10, 2019 for a full refund. A fee (Regular - $175 and Senior citizen and students - $50) will apply for cancellations received between October 11 and 18, 2019. No refund for cancellations received on or after October 18, 2019. There are no refunds for no-shows. Substitutions are accepted at any time and will be required to pay the fee difference if necessary.

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

Indigenous languages matter for social, economic and political development, peaceful coexistence and reconciliation in our societies. Yet many of them are in danger of disappearing. It is for this reason that the United Nations declared 2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages in order to encourage urgent action to preserve, revitalize and promote them.

2019 FNLKG Emcees:

Noella Mitsuing-Moccasin (Plains Cree)
Chris Scribe (Nakoda & Plains Cree)

2019 FNLKG Keynote Speakers:

November 6, 2019, 9:30 am to 10:00 am

Hall A - Honoring Promises: Implementing the Indigenous Language Acts - Chief Perry Bellegarde (Multi-Linguistic)

November 6, 2019, 10:15 am to 11:15 am

Hall A - Anyone can teach Cree... or should they? - Simon Bird (Woodland Cree)

November 7, 2019, 9:10 am to 10:30 am

Hall A - Our Language, Our Law, Our Sovereignty: Realising the Power of Indigenous Language and the Authority of Indigenous Law - Dr. Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu)

2019 FNLKG Panels:

November 6, 2019, 11: 15am to 12:30 pm

Elders Panel - Our Sacred Languages Walk With Us - Elder William Ratfoot (Plains Cree), Elder Hartland Goodtrack (Lakota), Elder Ken Armstrong (Nakoda), Elder Peter Nippi (Saulteaux), Elder Margaret Reynolds (Dene) and, Elder Melvina Eagle (Dakota) with Moderator Chris Scribe (Nakoda/Plains Cree)

November 7, 2019, 10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Youth Panel - The Spirit of Our Languages Comes from Our Ways of Life - Hal Cameron (Plains Cree), Jordan Klein-Cheecham (Dene), Shay McArthur (Nakoda) and Kaylene Waditaka (Dakota) with Moderator Chris Scribe (Nakoda/Plains Cree)

2019 FNLKG Workshops:

November 6, 2019, 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm

moswa Room - Traditional Languages & Cultural Knowledge Enhance & Inspire Stronger Youth Identity When the Foundations are Homes Fires - Yvonne Saddleback (Plains Cree)
wamni Room - A Think Indigenous Approach to Setting Up Land & Language Professional Development for Teacher Education - Chris Scribe & Mika Lafond (Multi-Linguistic)
sas Room - Total Physical Response Language Learning Methodology - Julia Ouellette (Plains Cree)
waagosh Room - nimiyōskākon ninēhiyāwiwin: My Cree nurtures Me - Dorothy Thunder (Plains Cree)
tatanka Room - Team-Based Mentor Apprentice Model: The Human Dynamics of Creating Conversationally Proficient Speakers - Jacob Manatowa-Bailey (Sauk)

November 6, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

moswa Room - Teaching is Ceremony - Sylvia Weenie & Kimberly Night (Plains Cree)
wamni Room - Treaty 7 Languages - Saahkaki (Delia Twigg), Alice Kaquitts & Bruce Starlight (Multi-Linguistic)
sas Room - Traditional Medicines - Daphie Pooyak (Plains Cree)
waagosh Room - Anishinaabemowin as Healer: Language as a Pathway to Health - Cheryl Quewezance, Ted Strongquill, Geraldine Strongquill, Cuthbert Keshane, George Quewezance, Alvin Quewezance, Ralph Keshane, Earl Quewezance, Sandra Kitchemonia, David Cote, Dr. Anna-Leah King, Dr. Andrea Sterzuk (Saulteaux)
tatanka Room - How To: Community Language Planning - Priscilla St. John, Sheila Thomas, Melody Wood & Amber Bellegarde (Multi-Linguistic)

November 7, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

moswa Room - Learning Indigenous Languages Through Our Children’s Eyes - Celia Deschambeault, Sienna Deschambeault & Faith Deschambeault (Swampy Cree)
wamni Room - Kawotinikew Pikiskwehkwin: Reclaiming Our Tongues - Karen MacDonald (Multi-Linguistic)
sas Room - Connecting with Our First Family: Language & Education Resource Kits for Communities - Nyle Miigizi Johnston & Dallas Pelly (Ojibwe)
waagosh Room - Our Gitksan Speakers Breath Continues, Beyond the Four Walls - Elizabeth Williams & Jessica Starlund (Gitksan)
tatanka Room - Asiniwaci Annisnabemowin at Yellowhead Community College - Doreen Daychief & Steve Andreas (Annisnabe)

November 7, 2019, 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm

moswa Room - Language is Life - Earl Wood, Clarence Iron & Jason Chamakese (Plains Cree)
wamni Room - Smudging - Albert Scott (Saulteaux)
sas Room - Te reo Māori mō āpōpō me ātahirā: Māori language tomorrow and into the future - Gareth Seymour (Maori)
waagosh Room - Guide for the Indigenous Language Legislation - Miranda Huron of the Assembly of First Nations (Multi-Linguistic)
tatanka Room - Yukon Hospitals’ Walk with First Nations Languages - Allison Kormendy & Laura Salmon (Multi-Linguistic)

2019 FNLKG Hotels Nearby Gathering Site:

Towneplace Suites by Marriot (price ranges from $124-$129 per night plus applicable taxes, reservation code is 2019 SNL)
Home Inn & Suites Saskatoon South (price ranges from $120-$165 per night plus applicable taxes, reservation code is 1911SICC)
Four Points by Sheraton ($129 plus applicable taxes, reservation code is FN1171)
Hampton Inn Saskatoon South ($129 plus applicable taxes, reservation code is FNL)

2019 FNLKG Photography Notice:

Please note that there will be a photographer and videographer on site. The images are taken at our gathering are used for promotional purposes, on our website and on our social media as well as for the final report and future promotion. Videos taken at our gathering are used for promotional purposes, on our website and on our social media for future promotion. Videos taken of all presenters will be posted afterward for public consumption.

2019 FNLKG Sponsors:

Eagle Sponsor ($20,000+)

Caribou Sponsor ($5,000 to $7,499)

Bear Sponsor ($1,500 to $4,999)


Wolf Sponsors ($1,499 and below)

Door Prize Sponsor:

2019 FNLKG Contact:

Melody Wood
2019 FNLKG Chair
Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre
305-2555 Grasswood Road East
Saskatoon SK S7T 0K1
Phone: 306.244.1146
Fax: 306-665-6520

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The Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre (SICC) is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 program year!
The Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre exists to protect, preserve and promote the languages and cultures of the eight language groups of what is now known as Saskatchewan: Plains Cree, Swampy Cree, Woodland Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakoda and Lakota.


Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre
305 - 2555 Grasswood Road East
Saskatoon SK S7T 0K1

Phone: 306-244-1146
Fax: 306-665-6520