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 FNLKG Links:

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

2019 FNLKG Online Registration:

2019 FNLKG Online Registration - NOW LIVE!

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)
JR McArthur (Nakoda)

2019 FNLKG Keynote Speakers:

November 6, 2019

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

November 7, 2019

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

Elders Panel - 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

Youth Panel - 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

mooswa Room - Language & Culture Intertwined: Its Importance - Noella Eagle (Dakota)
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 - TBA
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

mooswa Room - Teaching is Ceremony - Sylvia Weenie (Plains Cree)
wamni Room - TBA
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 - TBA

November 7, 2019, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

mooswa Room - Learning Indigenous Languages Through Our Children’s Eyes - Celia Deschambeault, Sienna Deschambeault & Faith Deschambeault (Swampy Cree)
wamni Room - TBA       
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 - Treaty 7 Languages - Roy BearChief, Alice Kaquitts & Bruce Starlight (Multi-Linguistic)

November 7, 2019, 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm

mooswa 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 - Kawotinikew Pikiskwehkwin: Reclaiming Our Tongues - Karen McDonald (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+

Buffalo Sponsor $10,000 to $19,999

Horse Sponsor $7,500 to $9,999

Caribou Sponsor $5,000 to $7,499

Bear Sponsor $1,500 to $4,999

Wolf Sponsor $1,499 and below

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