Landspeak 2021 brought together singers and storytellers, filmmakers and musicians, athletes and academics, online, from March 17–20, 2021.

Based on the idea of two lands speaking to each other, and resonating with Jeanette Armstrong’s “Land Speaking,” this gathering provided a space for learning and building lasting relationships between the people of Ireland and the Indigenous peoples from different nations and territories of Turtle Island.

Landspeak rassemblera des chanteurs et des conteurs, des cinéastes et des musiciens, des athlètes et des universitaires du 17 au 20 mars 2021. 

Afin que ces deux territoires se parlent, résonnant avec le «Land Speaking» de Jeanette Armstrong, ce rassemblement fournira un espace d’apprentissage et d’établissement de relations durables entre le peuple irlandais et les peuples autochtones de différentes nations et territoires de l’île de la Tortue.


The Indigenous languages, story, and song come from the land and connect Indigenous people to their cultures and to each other. By protecting and promoting their languages, Indigenous communities affirm the sovereignty denied under settler colonialism. Thus, the gathering will acknowledge how the history of Indigenous dispossession and the Irish diaspora are entangled within the settlement of what is now Canada while learning from the experience of colonization and decolonization on the island of Ireland and across North America, such as the revival of language and culture in Ireland and Indigenous nations. In word, song, and image, Landspeak will be a space where Indigenous and Irish voices are heard.

Les langues, l’histoire et la chanson autochtones proviennent de la terre et rassemblent les peuples autochtones à leurs cultures et les uns aux autres.  En protégeant et en promouvant leurs langues, les communautés autochtones affirment la souveraineté niée sous le colonialisme.  Ainsi, le rassemblement reconnaîtra comment l’histoire de la dépossession autochtone et de la diaspora irlandaise s’emmêle dans la colonisation des terres qui sont devenue le Canada tout en apprenant de l’expérience de la colonisation et de la décolonisation sur l’île d’Irlande et partout en Amérique du Nord, comme le renouvellement de la langue et de la culture en Irlande et dans les nations autochtones.  Landspeak sera un espace où les paroles, les chansons, et les images des voix autochtones et irlandaises seront entendues. 

Make a donation

Thank you for your interest in supporting this event.

We would like as many people as possible to join Landspeak, and so pleased to offer free access to all of the Landspeak events.

However, if you would like to make a donation to the Ireland Canada University Foundation to help support the cost of running this event, and to help us plan for future events, we would be most grateful.

Suggested donations:

Single session: €8 / $12 CAD

Landspeak Gathering: €80 / $120 CAD

If you would like to contribute €80/$120 CAD, and sponsor the attendance of someone else there is an option to contribute €160/ $240.

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Please note – Paypal payments to ICUF are made in Euros, the CAD$ figures are based on current exchange rates.

Landspeak is presented by ICUF (the Ireland Canada University Foundation), in partnership with the Centre for Canadian Studies, UCD, and the University of Manitoba.

ICUF is a charity registered in Ireland, charity registration no. CHY 11280