Indigenous Issues - Language Revitalization

Friday, March 3, 2023 | 12:00 - 1:00PM ET

One of the most devastating, and lasting, by-products of the residential school system was the loss of Indigenous languages. A pioneer in language revitalization, Six Nations Polytechnic’s President and CEO Rebecca Jamieson has been instrumental in the founding of its Honours Bachelor of Arts in Ogwehoweh languages, unveiled in September 2022. Jamieson said the program “advances (our) vision to achieve international distinction for excellence in Indigenous education, Indigenous language revitalization and continuance of Indigenous knowledge.” The goal of the program, launched during the United Nation’s Decade of Indigenous Languages, which runs from 2022 to 2032, is to maintain Ogwehoweh languages for future generations.

Pre-read Materials:
Pathways to Creating Onkwehonwehnéha Speakers at Six Nations of The Grand River Territory


Rebecca Jamieson, Tuscarora, Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
Rebecca Jamieson serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Institutes Consortium. Rebecca is the President-CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), a centre of excellence for Indigenous, specifically Haudenosaunee, community-based learning life-long learning offering literacy, trades training, high school, college, and university level programs. Rebecca’s contributions in Indigenous education include: Distinguished Fellow, Mohawk College (2015); Order of Ontario (2008); Order of Canada (2018); Six Nations Community Treasure (2018); Honorary Doctorates from the University of Western Ontario (2015), and Laurier University (2017).

Rebecca holds a BA (psychology and philosophy) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto. Rebecca is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and holds Supervisory Officers Qualifications. She is trained in mediation and alternative dispute resolution and is a Graduate of the Carver Institute, Policy Governance.