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When we were asked to design the Nilla brand, we had a lot of big ideas. Indigenous language revitalization is an exciting and evolving field, and it was interesting to work with a group that also emphasizes adult language learners. However, this project turned out to be a good lesson in honouring what came before, in that they wanted to update their existing logo and branding, but still honour the design and name for the initiative which was gifted them by the W̱SÁNEĆ Community. The end result is an updated take on the original NEȾOLṈEW̱ brand but adapted to something new while still being done in a good way.
NILLA exists within the NETOLNEW network based out of the University of Victoria. Its goal is to provide an online space for Indigenous communities, advocates, researchers, and allies to engage and exchange knowledge, and to share their successful language learning strategies within Canada. In addition to encouraging the creation of new speakers, NILLA can assist with reducing barriers to accelerate Indigenous language learning. They operate by creating space for individuals and communities to exchange best practices virtually and later in-person once connections have been established. NILLA is committed to community ownership over information while facilitating knowledge sharing and therefore only includes information provided voluntarily.