Onowa McIvor

2020 Plenary Speaker

tânisi kiyawaw (greetings to you all). Onowa McIvor is maskékow-ininiw (a Swampy Cree person) and Scottish-Canadian, born and raised in Treaty 6 territory. She has been a grateful visitor in SENĆOŦEN and Lekwungen speaking territories for over 20 years and is an urban nêhiyâwiwin language learner
and Indigenous language warrior. Onowa is an Associate Professor of Indigenous Education at UVic, where she was the Director of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education for 9 years. Onowa is now the co-lead on a six-year SSHRCC Partnership Grant entitled NEȾOLṈEW̱, which focuses on understanding and enhancing Indigenous adults’ contributions to reviving Indigenous languages, and maximizing collaborative efforts towards Indigenous language revitalization in Canada.