Mohawk Language Exhibit

Mohawk Language Exhibit

Did you know that 2019 has been declared the International Year of Indigenous Languages by the United Nations? Join us in celebrating one of Canada’s 70+ Indigenous languages, Kanien’kéha, People of the Flint language or Mohawk language.

*This opportunity is open to ALL UTM community members.

What is the Mohawk Language Exhibit?

The Mohawk Language Exhibit is an interactive experience featuring several Language Spots created to amplify exposure to Indigenous languages and inspire curiosity about Indigenous culture, history and the importance of preserving and sustaining endangered languages. This event at UTM is in collaboration with Hart House, the Equity and Diversity Office and the UTM Indigenous Centre.

The Mohawk Language Exhibit is a collaboration between Hart House and the Ciimaan/Kahuwe’yá/Qajaq Indigenous Language Initiative at the Centre for Indigenous Studies. The exhibition came out of a series of audio recordings in Indigenous languages made for the radio in early 2018. The Language Spots were created to amplify exposure and attention to Indigenous languages and to inspire curiosity about Indigenous culture, history, and the importance of preserving and sustaining endangered languages. This iteration of the exhibition focuses on Kanien’kéha, or Mohawk language.

There are audio stories attached to each of the exhibit's posters via a QR code by Professor Ryan DeCaire speaking Kanien’kéha and describing the meanings of the words for English speakers.

Listening is a powerful first step towards understanding and creating right relationships with Indigenous peoples. Access the online version of the exhibit (audio recordings and transcripts) by visiting http://harthouse.ca/indigenous-language-exhibit/.

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Upcoming Dates - Mohawk Language Exhibit

Please check back soon for upcoming opportunties to engage with the Mohawk Language Exhibit at UTM.

Past Dates - Mohawk Language Exhibit

  • May 21st from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, CCT Atrium
  • May 14th and 16th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, IB Building
  • February 12th and February 13th from 10:00am to 2:00pm, CCT Atrium

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Volunteer at the Exhibit! Fall 2019

To volunteer for the Mohawk Language Exhibit during the upcoming school year, send us an email at engage.utm@utoronto.ca

Are you a Language Studies student interested in volunteering for this event? Please email us to register as a volunteer.

Volunteer Details

  • This volunteer opportuntity is open to ALL UTM students
  • Previous knowledge of the Indigenous languages displayed in the exhibit is not required
  • Attend a training session with the Centre for Student Engagement and UTM’s Indigenous Advisor, Cat Criger (training dates and times TBD)
  • Sign up for a full shift (shift dates and times TBD)
  • Participants will receive a notation on their Co-Curricular Record if they complete the following:
    • Attend the training session
    • Sign up for at least ONE shift (total of 2 hours)
    • Attend the Reflection Circle 

This experience is approved on the UofT Co-Curricular Record!

Inquiries:

For all inquiries regarding the Mohawk Language Exhibit at the Centre for Student Engagement, please contact:

Mariana Villada Rivera
Access and Outreach Programs Assistant, Centre for Student Engagement 
University of Toronto Mississauga, Davis Building Room 2092 (map)