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Twitter @NativeLangsTech 2019

Starting on Thursday, May 16, a rotating roster of Native American and First Nations language digital activists from Canada and the United States will take control of the @NativeLangsTech Twitter account. Coordinated by Rising Voices and the Endangered Languages Project, this social media campaign is taking place within the context of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 and will provide a space for diverse voices from across the region to tell stories of their experiences with language revitalization.

Throughout 2019, different activists will take turns at @NativeLangsTech sharing their perspectives on what their native language means to them and their communities. These activists are all working to promoting the use of their languages in new domains like the internet, which presents many opportunities and challenges. But there is also an important offline component to their activism related to long-standing histories and contemporary contexts that affect the vitality of Native and First Nations languages.

Similar initiatives using Twitter as a collaborative medium are underway in Latin America (@ActLenguas) and in Africa (@DigiAfricanLang), but this project will focus on languages in the United States and Canada.

Response to calls for participation has been extremely positive, as the roster for the first several weeks has already been filled. We are also conducting outreach to invite others to take part.

The participants

Some participants will share their own personal stories related to their work with language revitalization with a special focus on the role that the internet and technology is playing in this important work. While others are representing organizations, Tribes, or Nations, which have a long standing commitment to ensure that their language continues in future generations and are doing so by adopting and adapting technology to meet their needs.

All are eager to share these stories with people who may know very little about Native or First Nations languages in the U.S. and Canada, as well as with other communities and activists who will see how these stories echo their own experiences but also learn about other parts of the region and their unique contexts.

Schedule

(Click on the host's name to read a Q&A blog post)

May 16-22:

Roy Boney, Jr. (@royboney)

goes steady with life but never makes out. but i do draw pictures.

May 23-29:

Ian McCallum (@IanMcCallum3a)

Lunaape/Skach/Eenglush Huluniixsowaakan niishalohkeemeew shkooluw paambiil / Ontario / Educator / lifelong learner Munsee language/M.Ed Queens / Orillia Suns 🏐, Nalahii-Munsee/Orillia/Toronto

May 30-June 5:

Jacey Firth-Hagen (@speakgwichin)

#Gwichin Language Revival Campaign; defending one of the most endangered Indigenous languages #SpeakGwichinToMe Documentary now on YouTube! https://t.co/GGkjJCPBsj

June 6-12:

Susan Gehr (@vurayav)

CoLang Co-convener, librarian, Karuk language meme generator, káru karuk araráhih chúuphaan. Grateful to be back in Wiyot territory. northern Northern California, http://colang.lin.ufl.edu

June 13-19:

Rory Housty (Ǧvu̓í) (@rhousty)

Ǧvu̓íxƛaṇugva Haíɫzaqvq̓amṇugva – I’m Raven & I’m #Haíɫzaqv. I’m an avid learner, speaker and teacher of Haíɫzaqvḷa #speakyourlanguage, Bella Bella 1, British Columbia

June 20-26:

Holly Helton-Anishinaabewqa (@anishinaabeqwa)

Global Indigenous Languages Caucus, North Fond du Lac, WI

July 11-17:

Mei Jeanne Wagner (aloha_aina)

Aloha ‘Āina, Honolulu, HI https://ainaaloha.wordpress.com