The panel will explore the global efforts to protect indigenous languages, promote their continuity, and support their flourishing. The panelists are renowned global experts in indigenous languages, linguistics, human rights law, cultural expression, and the rights of indigenous peoples. Panelists will discuss activities that organizations around the world, in the United States, and in Colorado are pursuing to celebrate 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and the importance of this celebration. Panelists will encourage the audience to engage in this important celebration and organize events, talks, and projects to promote indigenous languages in their communities.
The panel will take place March 15, 2019 during the “Conference to Implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States,” a conference organized by the University of Colorado Law School, the American Indian Law Program, and the Native American Rights Fund.
Alexey Tsykarev, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Young Karelia Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples and Civic Diplomacy
Rosalyn LaPier, University of Montana; Coalition of Native American Languages
Shelly Lowe, Harvard University Native American Program
Andy Cowell, University of Colorado Linguistics Department