First Peoples and their Living Voices
The start of the United Nations’ International Decade of Indigenous Languages is a call to action. Linguists predict that between 50 and 90% of the world’s roughly 7,000 languages will have disappeared until the end of the century, and Indigenous languages are the most endangered. Barbara Filion from the Canadian Commission for UNESCO collaborates with First Nations in order to support the protection, maintenance and revitalization of their languages.
With the support of Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO + Décennie des langues autochtones
Barbara Filion (Ottawa) Speaker
Barbara Filion is the Programme Officer for Culture, with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. She has previously worked as a consultant and served as the Reconciliation Program Director at the Canadian Museums Association.
Prior to that, she was the Director of Education at Working Assumptions, a national organization based in Berkeley, California, that uses art to examine social issues. Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the museum field. She taught and was a thesis advisor in the Museum Studies Program, at JFK University in California and also served as the Associate Director of the Archaeology Museum at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. Barbara grew up in the region of La Mauricie in Quebec and is a member of the Ilnu Nation of Mashteuiatsh.
Zoe Compton (Montreal ) Moderator
Zoe is an artist, an educator, and an environmentalist.
She completed a master’s degree in Art Education from Concordia University, exploring themes of settler decolonization and her ancestors’ impact on the environment in Prince Edward Island (Epekwitk) through an arts-based thesis. She is an Educator and Project Manager at the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art. Zoe also works as a Program Assistant for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, supporting Program Officers and their work to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals with various networks and partners.