A group of graduates from Reclaiming My Language, a course for silent speakers gather at Upper Nicola Band in Merrit in 2019.

Reclaiming My Language Program

languages

closed
2022/06/30
$25,000
August 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Reclaiming My Language is a course to assist silent speakers to reclaim their language and begin speaking again.

Extended Deadline: June 30

Silent speakers are people who have a good understanding of their language but do not speak it. There are many kinds of silent speakers, including people who spoke their language before attending residential school or people who grew up hearing their language and understand it, but do not speak it.

The course runs 10 weeks for up to three hours each week. It uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and offers supports for silent speakers, including tools and coaching to help them move forward in a good way to reclaim their language.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy explores the connection between how we think and how it affects our behavior or actions. It helps silent speakers to move away from unhelpful thoughts that may be blocking the language and helps them to begin speaking their language. This course is trauma-informed but does not ask participants to share or disclose their trauma.

FPCC provides training for program facilitators and ongoing support as well as course materials, videos, workbooks and up to $25,000.

  • Funding can be used to support travel. FPCC can assist with the identification and vetting of a Mental Health Co-Instructor and potentially a Community Co-Instructor if needed.
  • Submissions must include 10 pre-course surveys from potential participants.
  • Several communities can come together to deliver this course if all participants speak the same language.

First Nations communities and Indigenous organizations in B.C. are eligible to apply for this program.

Reclaiming My Language is made possible with funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Watch our Info Session!

Watch our Info Session to learn more about FPCC and the Reclaiming My Language course. This video, which runs just under one hour, includes information about the purpose of this course, eligibility, application requirements and deadlines.

About the course

• 2-3 hours each week over 10 weeks 

• Up to 10 silent speaker participants, each paired with a fluent mentor  

• A supportive environment to practice speaking the language  

• Weekly homework assignments  

• Optional internship opportunities to contribute to a community language program  

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.

For more details and information on how to submit an LSA survey, click here.
To read more about the Language Status Assessment, click here.

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.

Funding Process

We are here to ensure that the funding application process is as easy as possible and offer a convenient online portal so applicants can more easily apply for programs and submit reports. For additional information please visit the Funding Process page.

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Funding process infogrpahic

Page Image: 2019 participants who completed the Upper Nicola Reclaiming My Language program.

Program Contact

Thea Harris

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.