My name is Marie-Odile Junker. I was born and raised in France, and when I arrived in Canada in the late 80s, I wondered why Indigenous languages and people were so invisible. I am a Professor of Linguistics at Carleton University, in Ottawa. For the last 20 years, I have been exploring how information and communication technologies can support Indigenous languages, using a participatory-action research methodology. I have developed several websites and online dictionaries for languages of the Algonquian family (East Cree, Innu, Atikamekw) in partnership with colleagues and Indigenous organizations. I am leading the co-creation of the Algonquian Linguistic Atlas: www.atlas-ling.ca, a large collaborative project that is building a digital infrastructure for Algonquian dictionaries and other resources. I am here to help build and support the Blackfoot digital infrastructure and share good ideas and expertise about what has worked well elsewhere. I am excited to be part of this creative and dynamic team, and to learn from all of you. You can find out more about my work here.
Oki, Kwei, Wâchiye, Bonjour,