The Language Conservancy’s vision is to save the maximum number of endangered indigenous languages in the world, to become the global provider of language revitalization support, to become a beacon of hope to thousands of language communities, and to inspire worldwide action.
We believe that all languages have an inherent right to exist – that they are valued and irreplaceable facets of a people’s culture and of humanity’s linguistic heritage. The Language Conservancy (TLC) is dedicated to rescuing Canada’s endangered languages, restoring them to stability and health, and safeguarding them for future generations. The Language Conservancy helps prevent the extinction of languages by increasing the international public awareness of the language-loss crisis, creating language tools to preserve the culture, and by providing support to organizations and communities engaged in revitalizing their languages.
The Language Conservancy achieves its mission by providing urgently needed revitalization services and by supporting endangered indigenous languages through providing technical and linguistic assistance. In particular, we assist in the development of dictionaries, grammars, language learning textbooks, electronic and digital products such as online multimedia dictionaries, mobile apps, and keyboards. We also assist in the development of teacher- training programmes and communicative language learning programs. The Language Conservancy works directly for and with First Nations communities on projects and builds local capacity for linguistic support and maintenance of First Nations languages.