About Us

Funding

Mela Sarkar was awarded $24,985 in early 2017 under the Knowledge Synthesis program funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for the project “Ethical relationality, Canadian applied linguists and Indigenous language revitalization”. Andrea Sterzuk of the University of Regina is co-applicant on this grant. Two graduate students, Bill Cook and Denise Runns, supported the project. The initial funding period was nine months. The final report submitted to SSHRC in September 2017 (revised April 2018) can be found here:

Ethical relationality, Canadian applied linguists & Indigenous language revitalization—final report to funding body

Our universities publicized the awards through the following two links:

http://www.mcgill.ca/dise/channels/news/dises-mela-sarkar-dawn-wiseman-awarded-sshrc-knowledge-synthesis-grants-267453

http://www2.uregina.ca/education/news/sshrc-knowledge-synthesis-grants-awarded-to-faculty/

Who We Are

Bill Cook

https://creeinstructor.wordpress.com/about/

Bill Cook
Bill Cook

Bill is a father, spouse, learner, educator, Cree language instructor, interpreter and translator. He is fluent in Woods/Rock Cree ‘th’ dialect. He is currently teaching the Cree language to K-12 students and a sessional instructor at the First Nations University of Canada.

Denise Runns

Denise Runns
Denise Runns

Denise Runns is a wife and mother, who has been teaching the Saulteaux language for her community Pasqua First Nation, for the past 8 years. She is currently a Graduate student at the University of Regina specializing in instruction and curriculum with a focus on Indigenous language.

Dr. Mela Sarkar

https://www.mcgill.ca/dise/mela-sarkar

Mela Sarkar

Mela Sarkar is a faculty member in the Department of Integrated Studies, Faculty of Education, McGill University, in Montreal. Her academic field is second language acquisition. She is a very recent settler, as she was born in Kolkata, India. For the past ten years she has been working with Mi’gmaq language teachers at Listuguj First Nation.

Dr. Andrea Sterzuk

https://andreasterzuk.com/

Dr. Andrea Sterzuk
Dr. Andrea Sterzuk

Andrea Sterzuk holds a PhD in second language education from McGill University and joined the University of Regina in 2007. She teaches in the areas of linguistic diversity in schools, second language pedagogy, and issues of power, identity, and language in education. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a public school teacher in rural Saskatchewan as well as in the Canadian arctic. She is the former vice-president and current president of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics.

Conference Presentations

ACLA/CAAL May 29, 2017, Toronto

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Presenters

Dr. Andrea Sterzuk
Dr. Mela Sarkar
Bill Cook

We presented a ‘sneak peek’ presentation of the project at Congress. Thank you, ACLA/CAAL members, for your feedback. We are still in the early stages of development. More information is being added regularly. Please join us in creating a resource to help celebrate indigenous languages in Canada.

 

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