A Guide to Language Policy and Planning for B.C. First Nations Communities

August 4, 2020

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This resource is an all-in-one guide to language planning and policy development, and is relevant to all interested community members, language planning teams (language authorities), educators, First Nations leadership, and policy makers. The guide lays the foundation for community-based language revitalization efforts, from surveying speakers to developing a community language plan and implementing language policies and programs. It is packed with useful information, resource lists and templates for community use.

Prepared By

Scott Franks and Suzanne Gessner for First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Contributing Organizations

New Relationship Trust, Coqualeetza Cultural Education Centre, En’owkin Centre, Tahltan Central Council, Nicola Tribal Association, Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, SENCOTEN ELTÁLNEW SCSÁS (SES), Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Tseshaht First Nation, Tsilhqot’in National Government, Upper St’át’imc Language, Culture & Education Society, and Xaad Kihlgaa Hl Suu.u Society

Templates to accompany the guide:
Click here here for instructions on how to use the Policy Guide templates.

Template 1Language Assessment Survey [Word] [PDF]
Excel Workbook for the Language Assessment Survey [Excel]
Template 2Language Attitudes Survey [Word] [PDF]
Excel Workbook for the Language Attitudes Survey [Excel]
Template 3Language Learning Interest and Personal Resources Survey [Word] [PDF]
Template 4Identifying Community Language Resources Survey [Word] [PDF]
Template 5Community Notice for Language Planning Meeting [Word] [PDF]
Template 6Thinking Big Picture Ideal Language Goals for the Community [Word] [PDF]
Template 7Language Plan Template [Word] [PDF]
Template 8Building Support and Identifying Human Capacity for Language Planners [Word] [PDF]
Template 9Language Authority Terms of Reference [Word] [PDF]
Template 10Official Language Policy [Word] [PDF]
Template 11Resolution of Support for Language [Word] [PDF]
Template 12Community Survey for the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) Language Status Assessment (LSA) [Word] [PDF]

Additional Resources

For more information, contact Aliana Parker

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