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The 2023 Breath of Life Online Symposium continues with 2 sessions this month, featuring Carlos Geisdorff of Tuolumne Miwok, speaking on how to teach language through cultural activities, and Stephanie Witkowski, Executive Director of 7000 Languages ( with opportunities for instructors seeking strategies to create online classes.

Event is free but registration is required. Once you register, an email will be sent to you from Zoom with a link to join the presentation. Be sure to check your spam folder for the message from Zoom and save that email. Contact if you have questions about the form or the event.

Language is Life Gathering Returns in 2023!

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS) are seeking locations for our 2023 Language is Life Gathering. It will be a hybrid event with in-person and online options to participate. Event will be held tentatively in late August. 

We invite you to recommend a venue or venues to hold Language is Life. See the Venue requirements below.

(OPTIONAL) If you are interested in collaborating with AICLS on the Language is Life Gathering as a local team and contact for the venue, we invite you to submit a Co-Host Proposal by April 30, 2023 for consideration.

Requirements of Venue:

  • Must be able to accommodate 250 people.
  • Wi-Fi capabilities to accommodate the hybrid event 
  • Handicapped accessibility 
  • Space for the opening and closing ceremony
  • Space for culture sharing
  • Breakout areas for the presentations
  • Outdoor Space where youth track could take place

Preferable, but not required:

  • onsite lodging and dining (if not on-site, some options nearby)
  • airport or train station nearby

Requirements of a Co-Host Proposal:

  • Must name a potential venue or venues to hold Language is Life 2023.
  • Must name a local team in your proposal. The team:
    • Will be responsible for helping AICLS connect with the local community for acknowledgements, blessing & opening ceremony, and advise on recommendations for lodging and dining. 
    • May help recruit volunteers locally to help with registration and all other areas of the Gathering
    • Will act as an advisory committee to the AICLS Board
    • Must have some representatives attend the event.
  • If the venue is selected, team representatives must be able to meet with AICLS to view the venue and hold pre-event meetings to review additional concerns. 

If you know of a good location for our gathering, and/or are interested in partnering with AICLS as a collaborator on Language is Life, please contact Carly Tex, and/or complete the Co-Host Proposal Form by April 30, 2023 for consideration. 

Thank you for helping us find a place to hold our first in-person (+virtual) Language is Life since COVID!