VASTA Conference 2019

Orlando, FL

August 4–7, 2019

Coaching Indigenous Accents

Our materials from our conference presentation (3:20–4:50 on Tuesday, August 6) will be available here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: Eric Armstrong or Shannon Vickers.

The PDF of Shannon’s presentation from the conference is available here.The slides from the presentation that Eric gave, available as a PDF, is available for download here. The video of Cameron Adams is also available.

Indigenous Accent Resources at

To access the accent materials created by our project, visit and ask permission to access the materials, which are available to Indigenous performers, and voice, speech, and/or accent coaches who work with Indigenous performers.

Swampy Cree Accent of English

A breakdown of the Swampy Cree Accent of English (PDF) to accompany the audio, available from, with general notes about the accent, and detailed notes about all of the lexical sets of English.

A transcription of the NorwayHouse02.mp3, available at, and used in the presentation is available online here.

The resources mentioned in Eric’s presentation include: — comparative atlas of Algonquian languages (e.g. dialects of Cree, Anishinaabemowin, Michif, etc.) — a map of traditional Indigenous territories, which includes information on Land Acknowledgements. — language learning resources supported by The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (BC).