Beyond Words: Dictionaries and Indigenous Languages

This exhibit highlights the complex relationship between Indigenous languages and dictionaries over several centuries, from word lists and dictionaries developed for exploration, colonization, conversion, and assimilation purposes, to online language materials being developed by Indigenous communities to transmit the elders’ knowledge to today’s youth.

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This exhibit not currently on display.

Previous locations

Museum on the BoyneAlliston, OntarioJune 2024
Milton Public Library, Beaty BranchMilton, OntarioMay 2024
Musée Héritage MuseumSt. Albert, AlbertaOctober 2023 to February 2024
The Fort Museum of the North West Mounted Police and First Nations Interpretive CentreFort Macleod, AlbertaJuly to September 2023
Library, University of GuelphGuelph, OntarioOctober to
November 2022
Archives and Mackenzie Centre, Peace River MuseumPeace River, AlbertaMay to June 2022
Regina Campus Library, First Nations University of CanadaRegina, SaskatchewanNovember 2021
Northern Campus Library, First Nations University of CanadaPrince Albert, SaskatchewanOctober to
November 2021
Old Gaol MuseumLindsay, OntarioAugust 2020
to August 2021
Fort la Reine MuseumPortage la Prairie, ManitobaSeptember to
October 2020
Mississauga Central LibraryMississauga, OntarioJune 2020
Hillside School, Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First NationKettle Point, OntarioMarch 2020
Sherwood Community Centre and LibraryMilton, OntarioDecember 2019 to
January 2020
Main Branch, Milton Public LibraryMilton, OntarioDecember 2019
Central Branch, Calgary Public Library
Calgary, Alberta
November 2019
Celebration of Indigenous Languages event at University of Calgary,
School of Languages, Linguistics, Literature, and Cultures
Calgary, AlbertaNovember 2019
Canadian Language Museum, Glendon Campus, York UniversityToronto, OntarioSeptember to
October 2019
2019 Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy & Planning Conference,
OISE, University of Toronto
Toronto, OntarioAugust 2019
Aanin Branch, Markham Public LibraryMarkham, OntarioJuly 2019
Lennox & Addington Museum and ArchivesNapanee, OntarioJune 2019
2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Studies,
Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Vancouver, OntarioJune 2019

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