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17th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
Language and Place
June 25-26, 2010
University of Oregon – Eugene, Oregon

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Celilo 2010& Celilo Fall Language and place are intricately tied.

It is the language of an area that identifies people and unites them, and it is these voices that the land recognizes.

We have an innate relationship with the land we are from.

More and more, Indigenous language teachers and students are teaching with and learning from place-based curriculum which is an important tool for communities to revitalize their world views, associated life-ways and language. Place-based curriculum meaningfully connects learners to their home, family, community and world. Culture-place-based learning provides confidence and grounding for the child or adult learner while providing a perspective from which to investigate and understand the world at large. Elders tell us that for Indigenous students to be secure, productive, responsible and creative people they must learn who they are and where they are from.

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Goals of the Symposium

  • To bring together indigenous language educators and activists to share ideas and experiences on how to teach effectively indigenous languages in and out of the classroom.
  • To provide a forum for exchange of scholarly research on teaching indigenous languages.
  • To disseminate through the Internet and monographs recent research and thinking on best practices to promote, preserve, and protect indigenous languages.

SILS 2010 Sponsors

Fithian Family Foundation
University of Oregon, Graduate School
The Northwest Indian Language Institute
National Science Foundation

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SILS 2010 Call for Proposals
The Call for Proposals for the Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium (SILS) 2010 will be open October 5, 2009. Please go to the Call for Proposals page for more information and to download the Proposal submission form.

SILS 2010 Registration
Registration for SILS 2010 will begin in March 2010. Please check the Registration page for updated information.

SILS 2010 Schedule
A general schedule will be available in March 2010. Please check the SILS 2010 Schedule for updated

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