Reclaiming My Language: A Course For Silent Speakers is an Indigenous-developed program to support Silent Speakers to reclaim their language and begin speaking again.
This program is based on a successful initiative developed in Norway and Sweden by and for the Indigenous Sami peoples. First Peoples’ Cultural Council adapted the program through pilots with First Nations communities in British Columbia. The course uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and supports silent speakers with tools and coaching to move forward in a good way and reclaim their language! FPCC staff will help you prepare your grant submission and offers ongoing support with this program. We provide course materials and workbooks and up to $25,000 so communities can deliver the program. Reclaiming My Language is funded by the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation and the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.
First Nations communities and Indigenous organizations in B.C. are eligible to apply for this program.
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.
•2-3 hours each week over the 10-week period
•Up to 10 silent speaker participants, each paired with a fluent mentor
•A safe and supportive environment to practice speaking the language
•Weekly homework assignments
•Optional internship opportunities to contribute to a community language program
•Funding to cover the costs of, and support in, planning and delivering the course
FPCC can support communities with funding a mental health specialist trained in CBT, but it is best if a community is able to identify someone already familiar to the community.
Tools and Resources
Click here for more information regarding the Reclaiming My Language toolkit.
Page Image: 2019 participants who completed the Upper Nicola Reclaiming My Language program.
Thea Harris is a Language Program’s Associate at First People’s Cultural Council taking care of the Reclaiming My Language Program and the Language Revitalization Planning Program. Thea is a member of Snuneymuxw First Nation and uses her background in Indigenous Business to support her work.