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News in Brief: Ojibwe conference big success, Indigenous teacher agreement, indigenous speaker population increase in Mexico

4 May 2011

According to “Big turnout for Ojibwe conference,” the third annual Ojibwe (oji) conference “Our Language is Our Culture” was a great success. With 90 people in attendance, the conference was extended from one to three days and covered such topics as technology and learning styles.

According to an article on Market Wire, three educational organizations in Canada are set to sign a memorandum of understanding on May 6 as a basis for working more closely on Indigenous educational issues. The three parties are: ABCDE (the Association of British Columbia Deans of Education); IAHLA (the Indigenous Adult Higher Learning Association (IAHLA), and FNESC (the First Nations Education Steering Committee).

In “Is the number of speakers of indigenous languages in Mexico increasing?” Geo-Mexico reports that yes, the number is increasing. According to the article, while the number of indigenous speakers who cannot speak Spanish decreased slightly, the number of people speaking an indigenous language has decreased from 5.3 million in 1990 to 6.0 in 2000 to 6.7 in 2010. Nahuatl (family) is given as the indigenous language with the largest population, though that might be misleading as Wikipedia lists 29 Nahuan languages. It may be that language varieties generally considered as different languages are being bundled up as “Nahuatl.”