The CURA Project (2005-2010)

 

Knowledge and Human Resources for Innu Language Development was a 5-year CURA (Community-University Research Alliance) project that ran from 2005-2010.

The project was funded by SSHRC (the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), with additional assistance was provided by:

Memorial University, the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation (SIFN), l’Institut culturel et éducatif montagnais (ICEM, now l’Institut Tshakapesh), Carleton University, Mamu Tshishkutamashutau/Innu Education (MTIE), NL Legal Aid Commission, the Mushuau Innu First Nation (MIFN), the Innu Nation, and other organizations.

Under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Marguerite MacKenzie, the CURA aimed to consolidate and extend existing linguistic documentation and applied materials in Innu-aimun. It also aimed to link and build on virtually all basic and applied research on the language, making Innu-aimun accessible to community members and others in various forms (e.g., through literacy training, the Internet).

In partnership with various organizations, the CURA helped to provide sophisticated print and electronic materials for modern communication in Innu-aimun, and collaborated with and trained Innu community members for on-going development in local linguistic research, literacy teaching and development, pedagogy, interpreting and translating, media (radio, print), and community leadership in research.

 

Project Achievements

WWW.INNU-AIMUN.CA
This website, to serve as an archive of Innu language resources

 

DICTIONARY
An integrated Innu-French-English dictionary for Labrador and Quebec (online and print)

 

INNU LESSON BOOK AND CD
Lesson book and accompanying CD, Sheshatshiu dialect (currently available for purchase here. For a preview of the text and CD [click here])

 

INNU CONVERSATION CD AND MANUAL
CD and accompanying manual of conversational phrases in Sheshatshiu-aimun, Mushuau-aimun, English, and French (CD and manual currently available for purchase here. The manual is also available as a free download on this site here.)

 

INNU-AIMUN LITERACY TRAINING
Workshops in Innu-aimun literacy for teachers, Innu staff, and teacher aides in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish

 

INNU VOCABULARY WORKSHOPS
Workshops to collect and develop vocabulary in the areas of education, justice, toponymy, health, social services, geology, environment, governance, and traditional culture

 

LANGUAGE AWARENESS
Promoting awareness within Labrador (both with Innu speakers and other Labradorians) of issues around the use, development and maintenance of Innu-aimun as one of the few viable Aboriginal languages in Canada

 

INNU LANGUAGE MATERIALS
Developing additional Innu language materials

Last Updated: October 16, 2013

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