Revitalizing Indigenous language

Language is essential to cultural identity. The health of the Nsyilxcn language is linked to the wellbeing of the Okanagan Syilx people — and in healing from colonization. That’s why Dr. Jeannette Armstrong (LLD’06) has dedicated herself to recovering and improving access to the wealth of language knowledge in oral stories. She also helped to create the UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency, which marks a first for Canadian universities. Learn about the inspiring accomplishments of Dr. Armstrong and how they illustrate how we can ensure encouraging futures for Indigenous languages, cultures, and people.

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Rudy Kelly (he/him) – Host of “The Urbariginal” podcast, Associate Producer and Ts’msyen Reporter, CBC Prince Rupert


Dr. Jeannette Armstrong, LLD’06 hc — Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UBC’s Okanagan campus



Recorded June 13, 2023.