Exhibit: International Year of Indigenous Languages, 2019

Post Date:
Aug 2, 2019

Exhibit: International Year of Indigenous Languages, 2019

Location: Stauffer Library

Dates: Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, 2019

In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Due to the harmful effects of colonization, Indigenous languages worldwide are endangered, which threatens the unique worldviews, ways of knowing, and value systems embedded within them. Many now recognize that revitalization of Indigenous languages is integral to Indigenous resurgence. The International Year of Indigenous Languages is an opportunity to preserve, support, and promote these languages.

This exhibit focuses on the Anishinaabemowin language, owing to Queen’s University’s location on Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory. Anishinaabemowin missionary documents from Jordan Library Special Collections are also included – although missionaries have perpetuated harm, their texts can be reclaimed by Indigenous Peoples for language revitalization purposes.

For more information on Indigenous Languages at Queen’s University Library, please see our Indigenous Language Revitalization Library Guide. A master list of Anishinaabemowin holdings from the Library can also be found here.

If you can’t visit the exhibit in person, take a look at the following Ebooks:

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