May 06

Savard, Jean-Francois and Isabelle Caron (2024), Representation of Arctic Indigenous Languages in Social Media: Is There a Disinformation Effect?, OAPA

After declaring 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, UNESCO has declared the decade 2022-2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. Indeed, according to the UN, by 2100, 40% of the indigenous languages spoken today could become extinct (UNESCO, 2022). This Decade aims to protect indigenous languages and prevent their extinction through sustainable change (UNESCO, 2021).
This article presents exploratory research as part of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Languages. It aims to shed light on the effects of the representation of realities in Arctic indigenous languages in social media. More specifically, our study proposes to verify whether mis/disinformation hurts the representation of these realities and, consequently, on the social acceptability of measures put in place to protect indigenous languages in the Arctic and to explain the elements that promote or hinder the dissemination of disinformation.


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About The Author

Jean-François Savard holds a Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University. He has been a professor at ENAP (École nationale d'administration publique) since 2006, where he teaches public policy analysis, design and implementation. His research focuses on Aboriginal policy issues, with a particular emphasis on Indigenous self-government, relations between Indigenous communities and public administrations in Quebec and Canada, and federalism.