Community Outreach

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We are here to offer support! Coaches at the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) assist First Nations communities and organizations to help them to advance their work.

Language Revitalization Coaching

FPCC Language Revitalization Coaches are available to offer support for First Nation communities and organizations in B.C. The Coaches provide leadership through subject matter expertise, ongoing project support and sharing of good practices. In addition, they facilitate peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges and networking for communities.   

The Coaches are available to listen and engage with community representatives to consider each community’s unique circumstances and challenges. They offer skills-based training and professional development that is tailored to each community’s strengths and needs. 

What do the Coaches support?

The Coaches specialize in strategic and project planning for language revitalization. You can contact the Coaches for any questions related to language revitalization, for mentorship support, or to act as a liaison.  Below are some examples of frequently asked questions: 

  • How do I start a language revitalization initiative? 
  • How do I access the FPCC grant portal? 
  • What is a Language Status Assessment and why do I need to do one? 
  • Could I receive an orientation/onboarding for our FPCC-funded project(s)?  
  • What are the most effective strategies for language revitalization? 
  • How can I get through this unexpected circumstance that is impacting my community program? 
  • How can I get my community interested and mobilized for language revitalization? 
  • How do I create a long-term vision for our community’s language revitalization?  
  • What kind of details should I include when developing our work/project plan? 
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of a language planner, or other roles within language revitalization? 

Meet our team: 

  • TE,LI,MET,ȾTEN Glenn Jim is W̱SÁNEĆ from W̱SÍKEM (Tseycum) in North Saanich, B.C. He grew up listening to stories about the traditional lifestyle of his W̱SÁNEĆ ancestors and of the activist work his family (Elders) did for the W̱SÁNEĆ people over the last century. This cultural worldview encouraged him to look at the issues and needs of his community as he grew up, which led him into helping in those areas. 

    Glenn’s 35-year career as an educator, community leader, front-line service provider, and presently, as a Language Revitalization Coach has been guided by SNIU, the teachings of his S,ELEW̱ÁÁN, and the Elders. Sharing this cultural knowledge with W̱ILṈEW̱, the First Nations People he works alongside, has enabled him to create a special relationship with communities on their language revitalization journey. 
  • Magie-Mae ȻI,ESUḰ ŦELOMIYE Adams lineage is W̱SÁNEĆ, and Łingít. She resides on the Coastal Ts’msyen territory in Prince Rupert, B.C. She has experience working and living in an urban setting, and within her First Nation community. Her background includes 7 years of experience within provincial-level community engagement and coaching with First Nations people and organizations. She provides effective capacity strengthening built from community-based approaches that honour the knowledge and expertise within the community. 

    She is completing her Executive Master of Business Administration in Indigenous Business Leadership (EMBA-IBL) at Simon Fraser University. The EMBA-IBL builds on her current position with the First Peoples Cultural Council, previous roles with the First Nations Health Authority, SȾAUTW̱ First Nation, and 10 years of senior management experience in the private sector.  

We are here to support!

FPCC coaches are committed to supporting FPCC-funded community language programs. As a result of COVID-19, the Language Coaches have adjusted their approach and can provide information about how to continue language revitalization work in a safe way during this time. FPCC coaches are available to connect virtually by phone, email, video chat or other channels that work best for you.

To set up a virtual meeting, please contact us at: languagecoaches@fpcc.ca.

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