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Indigenous Metaverse Project Promotes and Protects Indigenous Languages 

Indigenous Metaverse Project Promotes and Protects Indigenous Languages 

A York University-funded project, led by a Glendon professor, to develop an Indigenized curriculum and create experiential education opportunities has joined the UNESCO organization to promote and protect endangered Indigenous languages.  

Funded by York’s Academic Innovation Fund (AIF), Biskaabiiyaang: The Indigenous Metaverse has joined the global community for UNESCO’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL) 2022-2032. The university prides itself on global and local partnerships, and collaborations to drive positive change and right the future. 

The project will design an Indigenous-led metaverse delivering Anishinaabe language and First Nation cultural competency programs within a virtual world. Professor Maya Chacaby, a Sociology Department faculty member at York University’s Glendon Campus, is the project lead and Biskaabiiyaang’s chief visionary. 

Biskaabiiyaang supports the Global Action Plan by providing a sustainable, lifelong learning environment that will archive, safeguard, and revitalize Anishinaabemowin. Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples will be able to access Biskaabiiyaang as part of their formal or non-formal education at any time, regardless of geographical location. 

Learn more about this innovative project. 

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