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1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Being and Becoming, Together: A Conversation Between Two Indigenous Early-Learning Professionals and a Pediatric S-LP

The language used in the description reflects the language of the session.

This session will be presented live only and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.


Janine L. Chesworth, S-LP(C), R-SLP, Doctoral student, Special Education, Educational Psychology, Kehewin Cree Nation/University of Alberta; Elissa Gadwa, Jordan's Principle Program Coordinator, Kehewin Cree Nation; Melissa Paul, Cree Language Teacher, Kehewin Cree Nation

Indigenous communities are gaining increased access to S-LP. Many challenges and critical issues are coming to light at the intersection of these two distinctly different worlds. This discussion amongst two nehiyaw early-learning professionals and one non-Indigenous S-LP explores the experiences of being on the precarious landscape of language revitalization and cultural reclamation in an Indigenous community, moving forward despite systemic confines inherent to health and education. What will be shared? What has evolved in our ongoing process of Indigenizing S-LP practice, and what we are becoming together.



Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17)