Blackfoot Confederacy, Aitsi’poyiiksi Host Language Conference on Blood Tribe

Blackfoot Confederacy, Aitsi’poyiiksi Host Language Conference on Blood Tribe

The Niitsipowahsin Blackfoot Language Conference was held on June 18 to 20, 2024, at the Red Crow Community College and Blood Tribe Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB. The conference was attended by Blood Tribe and Blackfoot Confederacy members, elders, and advocates of the preservation and protection of the Blackfoot Language.

The conference was hosted by the Blackfoot Confederacy Tribal Council, the Blood Tribe, and the Aitsi’poyiiksi Committee. The event is held to celebrate and honor the efforts of the various individuals, entities and initiatives that support the advancement, reinforcement and revitalization of Niitsipowahsin, so that our future generations may benefit and learn about our history, and all those endeavors to preserve the Blackfoot Language.

“The Blackfoot Language is not just a communication tool, it’s all part of our way of life.” Jack Royal, Chief Executive Officer, Blackfoot Confederacy Tribal Council gave opening remarks and thanked the conference organizers and attendees.

“We are all Blackfoot speakers,” Makiinima, Chief Roy Fox stated. “We are here to encourage each other towards the use and preservation of Kiitsipowahsinoon, our Blackfoot language.”

“Language is healing, language is power,” keynote speaker Sa’tahtaki – Aiyana Twigg, an Indigenous youth advocate, linguist, and researcher who is Ktunaxa and Blackfoot descent stated. Aiyana shared her pursuit in language revitalization, “languages have the ability to heal our trauma, we are able to change our perspective and how we understand the world, our identities, ourselves, the land, the plants, our culture.”

“Language preservation is very critical to communication between generations, communication with the spirit world, and the transmission of teachings,” keynote speaker Siipiinamayaaki – Adelaide (Dolly) Creighton stated. “Our language is our cultural identity; if we are going to continue to revitalize our language, we can’t just share words, we have to transfer all our knowledge of who we are – our culture, beliefs, values, philosophies, and our stories.”

The conference held a special dedication to the late Iitoomitaipiima – Angie (Louise Marie) Crop Eared Wolf, who was a proponent of the Blackfoot Language and history revitalization on the Blood Reserve. Angie’s life work centered around the preservation of the Kainai Oral Tradition, including research, interviewing elders, as well as transcribing and translating interviews.

The Niitsipowahsin Blackfoot Language Conference 2024 video footage can be viewed on the Blood Tribe Communications & Community Engagement YouTube channel, link can be found at bloodtribe.org.

 

Makiinima, Chief Roy Fox giving opening remarks at the Niitsipowahsin Blackfoot Language Conference held at the Red Crow Community College in Standoff, AB, on June 18, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Keynote speaker, Adelaide (Dolly) Creighton at the Niitsipowahsin Blackfoot Language Conference held at the Red Crow Community College in Standoff, AB, on June 18, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Members of the Aitis’poyiiksi Committee at the Niitsipowahsin Blackfoot Language Conference held at the Blood Tribe Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB, on June 20, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

Keynote speaker, Aiyana Twigg receiving Blackfoot name from Herman Yellow Old Woman with support from Julius Delaney at the Niitsipowahsin Blackfoot Language Conference held at the Blood Tribe Multi-Purpose Building in Standoff, AB, on June 20, 2024. Photo: Blaire Russell.

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