Indigenous Languages Month 2023

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Indigenous Languages Month

February is Indigenous Languages Month in the Northwest Territories. It’s a time to celebrate the NWT’s Indigenous languages and encourage people to learn about and use them.

In the NWT we are very fortunate – we 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 "I'm in." We hope that people from all walks of life and all cultures will count themselves in to learn, speak, live, and share 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. We will also be featuring guest authors in our blog post, sharing resources created by ECE, and inviting you to participate in a variety of contests, giveaways, fun activities and more. 

Stay tuned for more ILM fun and information.


It’s Indigenous Languages Month 2023!  This year, to encourage everyone to learn, speak and live their languages, the theme is  ‘I'm In.’ 

To show that you are in, play Bingo to celebrate your Indigenous Language and win!  There are guaranteed prizes for adults & youth in every community as well as draws for bigger prizes.  Stay tuned to learn more about prizes! #IndigenousLanguagesMonth

NEWSFLASH! The deadline to return ILM Bingo cards has been extended to March 10. It's not too late to play!

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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; share to the NWT Indigenous Languages Month group on Facebook or our homepage if you dare!

All entries must be received by Friday, March 10

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.

Youth bingo card            Adult bingo card

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Do you know a person or a group that is working to promote and revitalize Indigenous Languages in the NWT? Share their name to our Facebook post to win a limited edition ILM zipper pull, phone grip and sticker! 

Hurry, contest ends at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 13.