Summer Learning Series 2023 Documentation Facilitators

Kyra Borland (She/her)

Workshops: Acquisition: Community-Based Strategies & Curating Audio for Language Documentation

Kyra is a grateful non-Indigenous employee at FPCC of Irish ancestry. Kyra started her career working with Gitksan-speaking communities and credits her Gitksan mentors with fostering her passion for language revitalization. Kyra was formerly the Language Technology Program Coordinator, and is currently the Pathways Program Manager.


Jacqueline Mathieu (She/her)

Workshop: Acquisition: Community-Based Strategies

Jacqueline, a member of the Klahoose First Nation, has worked in her community’s language team for 11 years. Language documentation, preservation & revitalization keeps her grounded in who she is as an Indigenous French-Canadian woman. Coproducing indigenous media content as well as navigating communications between settler establishments and her community keep her very busy. Jacqueline’s strengths include clear thought-out communication and she believes the way forward is by lifting people up, building capacity and investing in our people.


Jaime Pérez González (He/him)

Workshop: Archiving for the Future

Bio: Jaime Pérez González is a native bilingual Tseltal-Spanish speaker from Tenango, Chiapas, Mexico. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (2021) where he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (2014-2016). He was a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz (2021-2023), and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He focuses on Descriptive Linguistics, Language Documentation, Language Revitalization, Morphosyntax, and Mayan Literature.


James Thompson (He/him)

Workshop: Language Documentation Strategies

Bio: James moved to British Columbia from the US to pursue a graduate degree in linguistics. While at UBC, he worked with and learned from elders from several First Nations, and in the years since has focused on documentation, teaching and curriculum development. James is grateful for endless stream of opportunities to learn and grow with language champions from across the province, and he looks forward to continuing this journey at FPCC.


Crystal Azak (She/her)

Workshop: Documentation Strategy

Bio: My names is Crystal Azak, my traditional name is Mihlgum Goot. I come from Gitwinksihlkw, BC. Hail from Wilps Laay’ and come from the Eagle tribe. I grew up culturally involved. I specialized in First Nations Base Linguistics. I have been with FPCC since Dec 2021.


Christine Schreyer (She/her)

Workshop: Rapid Word Collection for Community-Based Dictionary Development

Bio: Dr. Christine Schreyer is a linguistic anthropologist who works in the fields of language documentation and language revitalization. She has worked with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, located in northern BC, on the relationship between language and land and on place names reclamation work since 2005. She has also partnered with the Splatsin Tsm7aksaltn on a range of community-based language projects with her students at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, where she is also an instructor in the Bachelor of Nsyilxcn Language Fluency degree. Christine has experience with dictionary making through her work with Kala speakers in Papua New Guinea and through her work on the Relational Lexicography project.