FIRST NATION LANGUAGES PORTAL
Ontario Library Service – North initiated the First Nation Languages Portal as part of a larger Language Revitalization Project in 2015. The goal of the Language Revitalization Project is to provide high-level assistance to First Nation Public Libraries in their varying efforts to revitalize and retain traditional languages within their communities. The Province of Ontario has over 13 distinct Indigenous languages that are in the process of being revitalized. This website focuses on materials related to Ontario’s overarching languages: Anishinaabemowin, Haudenosaunee, Cree, Oji-Cree, and Algonquin. It’s important to keep in mind that each overarching language has subsets of unique dialects that are distinct to each community.
This portal assists in the achievement of this goal by acting as a central information system for various language-related resources. As First Nation communities become increasingly invested in the protection of culture and language, the roles of First Nation Public Libraries will continue to change and grow over the coming years. The First Nation Languages Portal is an ever-evolving tool which will be updated and improved as language revitalization efforts progress. The First Nation Languages portal focuses on the following three topics: Librarian’s Corner, Collection Development, and Resources.