Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Concludes Successful Languages and Learning Forum

Published: Mar 06, 2024Press Release

(March 6, 2024 – Treaty No.7, Calgary, Alberta) – The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) successfully concluded its largest Languages and Learning Forum, titled “Exploring First Nations Education and Linguistic Connections,” last Thursday. The event, which took place from February 26 to 29, 2024, on Treaty 7 territory, which brought together over 300 leaders in First Nations education, post-secondary education, and language.

The forum provided an opportunity to learn and share about First Nations’ jurisdiction over education and language revitalization, innovative practices in lifelong learning, and the development of agreements and models for language and education delivery. The progressive sessions also covered a wide range of topics, including regenerative Indigenous Artificial Intelligence (AI) for language and data sovereignty, the integration of cultural-based knowledge in the education system, and furthering First Nations-led education in the K-12 and post-secondary education levels.

“It was inspiring to host many experts in First Nations education and languages. These engaging discussions will help establish future priorities. We lift you up for your important work in advancing our shared goal of enhancing First Nations education and support for language learners,” said AFN National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak.

“I extend my deepest thanks to all participants for their dedication to the future of First Nations languages and education. First Nations are exercising jurisdiction and control over our education and language revitalization. I look forward to building on what we’ve learned here, moving forward in a way that honors our Treaties, respects our lands, and supports our people,” concluded AFN National Chief Cindy Woodhouse Nepinak.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is a national advocacy organization that works to advance the collective aspirations of First Nations individuals and communities across Canada on matters of national or international nature and concern. 

Contact information:

Ayman Hammamieh
Communications Officer
Assembly of First Nations
343-573-1771 (mobile)
[email protected]

Nicole Robertson
Senior Communications Advisor
AFN National Chief’s Office
(403) 616-4999
[email protected]