In Memoriam: T’łat’laḵuł Trish Rosborough

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It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of T’łat’laḵuł Trish (Patricia) Rosborough on the morning of August 15, 2019. 

Dr. Rosborough from the Kwakiutl First Nation was an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Education at the University of Victoria and the former Director of Aboriginal Education for the BC Ministry of Education.

Dr. Rosborough was passionate about working in community and bringing Indigenous language revitalization methods and models to the communities where the language lives. An adult learner of her late mother’s first language, Kwak’wala, Trish often used a narrative approach to her research, sharing stories of her personal journey as a language learner, teacher, and researcher.

Her research project, Beautiful Words: Enriching and Indigenizing Language Revitalization through Understandings of Linguistic Structure, stemmed from her view that it is important to consider both how to retain Indigenous languages and the rich worldview understandings within the languages.

As a co-Principal Investigator on NEȾOLṈEW̱, Dr. Rosborough worked with Dr. Onowa McIvor, Dr. Peter Jacobs and Indigenous community partners across Canada, to deepen the understanding of best practices in adult Indigenous language learning. 

Dr. Rosborough was a dear colleague, friend, and mentor to many and her contributions to community knowledge and Indigenous language recovery and revitalization will continue to have an impact on the field of Indigenous education well into the future. 


The university flag will be lowered on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in her memory.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 1 pm at the U’gwamalis Hall, 99 T’sakis Way, Fort Rupert.

Listen to her as she teaches words in Kwak'wala and shares family stories on First Words, a CBC unreserved podcast recorded last February