First Nations Education Foundation (FNEF) is a not-for-profit and federally registered charity that collaborates with First Nations’ communities to preserve and revitalize at-risk Indigenous languages using the power of technology.
It is only until recently, as Canada and Canadians make the journey of Truth and Reconciliation, that we are beginning to understand the impact of our history on Indigenous families, cultures and language. Immediate action is required to document and curate the language and knowledge held by fluent Elder speakers as rapidly as possible while they are still with us. FNEF is tapping into the exponential power of technology as the key that will unlock our ability to meet this great challenge, and to allow future generations to successfully learn and revitalize these Indigenous languages and to re-learn their culture and heritage, through Language learning, from their Elders knowledge, history and wisdom.
FNEF has commissioned a Language Revitalization Pole for the 2019 UN Year of Indigenous Languages by Nuu-chah-nulth master carver, Tim Paul. The totem pole will raise awareness of the threats facing Indigenous languages in Canada and around the world and draw attention to innovative solutions and the urgent need to advance reconciliation and healing by supporting Indigenous peoples and communities in their efforts to preserve and promote their languages and cultures.