FPCC supports a wide variety of Indigenous language programs from immersion programs, professional development and language preservation, to the digitization of older resources. IndigiNews reporter Odette Auger recently shared a story featuring three different language projects supported by FPCC.
The IndigiNews article “Indigenous language programs connecting past to future: All that we know grows from the words of our ancestors” features the inspiring projects, funded by the FPCC Language Program, of these Language Champions and learners:
- Sofia Terbasket-Funmaker, Youth Empowered Speaker grant recipient and N̓syilxčn̓ language learner and teacher at the Sylix Language House.
- The Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW) Cree and Ojibwe classes funded by the Indigenous Languages Grant.
- Evelyn Voyageur and her granddaughter Carla Voyageur, Kwak̓wala language teachers at North Island College (NIC) who received FirstVoices funding to digitize and record language note cards documented by Carla’s great grandfather in the 1970’s.
“Learning your Indigenous language is really both coming back to yourself and to your people and learning how to live in this complicated, modern world that we live in.” – Carla Voyageur
This article shares some examples of the incredible work that is happening across the province as people are working to see their languages thrive into the future for the next generations. It is especially impressive to see this work continuing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as programs and participants have had to adjust to so many changes. We hold our hands up to the dedication and ongoing efforts of everyone working to revitalize their Indigenous language.
Thank you to Odette Auger and IndigiNews for sharing these important stories and helping to raise awareness for this vital work.
Read the full article here.
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