The FPCC Language Revitalization Planning Program provides up to $100,000 in funding plus resources and coaching. Funding can be used for wages, honoraria, equipment, resource materials and more.
The program supports First Nations communities in B.C. to develop comprehensive, long-term plans for revitalizing and strengthening their languages. These plans are a way to capture the community’s vision for their language and map out the work for language revitalization into the future. The planning process also helps to build community awareness around language.
The Language Revitalization Planning Program includes peer-to-peer sharing through virtual gatherings and one-on-one coaching support from FPCC as well as helpful resources and templates.
Season Language Planning Cycle
The program takes a step-by-step approach to language revitalization planning. It breaks down the planning process into four stages that are represented by the natural cycle of the seasons. For example, the “Spring” planning phase is where communities that have not yet done language planning typically start. It includes building a team, engaging with leadership and completing a comprehensive language assessment. The seasonal model is a metaphor for the different stages of planning; work associated with each seasonal stage can be done at any time of year.
The Language Revitalization Planning Program is made possible with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage as a result of the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Languages Act.
Eligible applicants include First Nations communities, governments, bands and tribal councils in B.C. and other Indigenous organizations. Program funding is available to support the 34 First Nations languages of British Columbia.
Tools and Resources
Language Status Assessment (LSA)
The Language Status Assessment (LSA) is a survey on the status of First Nations
languages. The Language Status Assessment is not a grant application but it is
required for communities who are applying for language funding from First
Peoples’ Cultural Council.
We are here to help!
If you have any questions or would like assistance with your grant application please contact the program staff listed at the bottom of this page. FPCC staff are available to answer questions about grant eligibility, project proposal ideas, what activities are permitted during COVID-19 restrictions, which program or grant may be best for your project and more. You may also contact an Outreach Coach for information on project planning, resources and information sessions.
Amanda is the Language Program Associate at FPCC who is overseeing the Language Revitalization Planning Program. Amanda has Irish and British settler ancestry and is a grateful visitor to the territory of Lekwungen and Hul’q’umi’num speaking peoples.
She is passionate about community development and uses her background in program coordination, social inclusion, adult education and facilitation to support her work.