Indigenous Languages Month 2024

February is Indigenous Languages Month in the Northwest Territories! This month it’s time to celebrate and honour the Indigenous Languages. We encourage everyone to learn and use them. It is a step forward we can take on the path to reconciliation and reclamation.

In the NWT we are very fortunate to live in a land rich in languages and cultures. We have 11 official languages – nine of those are Indigenous, and the other two are French and English. For Indigenous languages to survive and thrive, it’s important to promote their daily use – at home, in the community and at work.  This year's ILM theme is "Say It". We hope that people from all cultures will count themselves in to learn, speak, live, and say it in Indigenous Language learning this month and year-round. 

To celebrate Indigenous Languages Month, the Literacy Council will be hosting a Bingo contest in which players check off a variety of language challenges from a game card. There will also be a variety of contest, giveaways, and fun activities and more. Stay tuned on our Facebook/Instagram page! 

The GNWT is also hosting a Meme Contest for Indigenous Languages Month. We encourage you to check out their Facebook page or website for more information.

ILM Bingo Contest!

It’s Indigenous Languages Month 2024!  This year, to encourage everyone to learn, speak and live their languages, the theme is “Say it”. 
Play Bingo to celebrate your Indigenous Language and win!  There are prizes for adults & youth in every community as well as draws for bigger prizes. Stay tuned to learn more about prizes! #IndigenousLanguagesMonth

How to Play: 

Your Indigenous language can be the one your family speaks or the language spoken in the community where you live. Take a photo or scan your Bingo card and send to:

Use #IndigenousLanguagesMonth so we can see your challenges! 

Adults: 1 line = 1 entry, 2 lines = 2 entries, etc. blackout = 8 entries
Youth:  1 line = 1 entry, 2 lines = 2 entries, etc. blackout = 5 entries
*Youth are 16 years old and younger for this contest.*


Click on the image below to download your card.

Grey Scale Version (PDF)


Grey Scale Version (PDF)