GLI Symposium: Languages Towards a Planetary Education

When and Where

Friday, January 28, 2022 10:45 am to Saturday, January 29, 2022 3:00 pm
Online via Zoom


Languages Towards a Planetary Education

The University of Toronto's Global Language Initiative (GLI) is hosting its first symposium in 2022.

Date & Time

  • Friday, January 28th 10:45 AM - 4 PM
  • Saturday, January 29th 10:50 AM - 3 PM

The event features: 

  • Keynote: Dr. Lindsay Morcom, Canada Research Chairi n Language Revitalization and Decolonial Education
  • Presentations on language diversity, multilingualism, and language education
  • Administrator Roundtable
  • Artistic Intervention
  • Student Virtual Café Event

Registration link:

For more information and the Zoom link, view the PDF iconGLI 2022 - Final Program.




LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION, IDENTITY, AND COMMUNITY WELLBEING: Why Indigenous language revitalization isabout so much more than language

  • Friday, January 28th
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lindsay Morcom
Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University, Canada Research Chair in Language Revitalization and Decolonial Education

Dr. Lindsay Morcom (Ardoch Algonquin First Nation) is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. She earned her Master’s degree in Linguistics at First Nations University through the University of Regina in 2006. She then completed her doctorate in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University in 2010. She is an interdisciplinary researcher with experience in education, Aboriginal languages, language revitalization, linguistics, and reconciliation. She is of Anishinaabe, German, and French heritage and embraces the distinct responsibility this ancestry brings to her research and to her contribution to reconciliation. She is an active member of the Kingston urban Indigenous community and works collaborativelywith other organizers of the Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest for urban Indigenous language revitalization.

Indigenous people have the right to access the languages that are their birthright no matter where they live. To ensure that happens, Indigenous communities both on- and off-reserve are taking creative approaches to both formal and informal Indigenous language education. In this talk, I will discuss the results of research done for language revitalization with Indigenous communities in urban and rural contexts. This includes formal education such as culture-based language immersion education and increasing access to Indigenous language learning in provincial schools. Equally importantly, it also involves grassroots, informal language revitalization initiatives that seek to serve community members outside of a formal education setting. All of these initiatives have significant positive effects not only on speaker fluency and language vitality, but also on the identity development and well-being of participants. Put simply, language is something that makes us who we are, and so strong language revitalization builds strong identities and strong communities.

To attend, RSVP by January 26th
Registration link: