Presenter: Nicki Benson, PhD Candidate, Department of Indigenous Education
Nicki Benson is a PhD student in Indigenous Language Revitalization at the University of Victoria under the supervision of Dr. Onowa McIvor, and a Research Assistant for the NEȾOLṈEW̱ ‘one mind, one people’ Indigenous Language Research Partnership. She has an extensive background in language education as a teacher, researcher, and education consultant. Since 2013, her work has supported Indigenous language reclamation with organizations such as UNICEF Peru, the BC Ministry of Education, and Kwi Awt Stelmexw, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) language and culture. Through a case study with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Language Immersion Program, her doctoral research aims to determine success factors in adult immersion education for language reclamation.
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