Board of Directors

2019-2020

Honorary Patron

Tomson Highway
Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, neither of which was French or English; they were Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of the neighbouring "nation," a people with whom they roamed and hunted. Today, he enjoys an international career as playwright,...

Co-Chairs

Brandon J. Fry
Brandon J. Fry holds a B.A. in linguistics from the Université de Moncton and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Ottawa, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in linguistics. He is very proud to be a founding member of the Canadian Language Museum. Most of his research focusses on syntactic theory within the framework of generative grammar. He is also interested in the morphosyntax of...
Michael Barrie
Michael Barrie is a linguist at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. He completed his M.A. at the University of Manitoba on Portuguese pronominal clitics and his PhD at the University of Toronto on noun incorporation in Oneida. His language interests are diverse and include Iroquoian and Algonquian languages, Portuguese, Cantonese, English and Korean.

Board Members

Amos Key Jr.
Tae ho węhs was born into the Onkwehonweh Civilization, and is a member of Mohawk Nation, gifted into the Turtle Clan of his Mother and conferred to the Sacred Circle of Faith Keepers of the Longhouse, at Six Nations of Grand River Territory. He is an educator and staunch advocate for: First Peoples’ human, civil and linguistic rights; social...
Heather Bliss
Heather Bliss is a linguist and post-doctoral fellow at the University of Victoria. She received her BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Calgary, and her PhD from the University of British Columbia. Since 2003, she has been working with members of the Siksikį and Kainįį nations of Southern Alberta on Blackfoot language documentation.  To the Canadian Language Museum, Heather...
Ian Martin
Ian Martin is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Glendon College. He has been a keen supporter of the CLM since its first year and was instrumental in securing the Glendon Gallery location for the museum, negotiating the contract and creating the Memorandum of Understanding between the CLM and Glendon. Ian recently organized an outstanding colloquium at Glendon on the “Indigenous...
Mary Jane Norris
Mary Jane Norris is an independent researcher specializing in the areas of Aboriginal demography, and the demographics and mapping of Indigenous languages in Canada. She is an off-reserve member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, in the Ottawa Valley, and resides in Chelsea, Quebec. She received her B.A. Honours and Masters in Sociology from...
Mireille Tremblay
Mireille Tremblay is a professor in the  Department of Linguistics and Translation at the Université de Montréal.  She specializes in the theory of language change, the history of the French language, and the morphosyntax of Quebec French. Her participation in the large project Le français à la mesure d’un continent: un patrimoine en partage has led to her work on a new...