FPCC is launching our updated Language Status Assessment (LSA) tool. Previously known as Language Needs Assessments, the LSA helps communities document and track information such as the number of fluent speakers, semi-speakers, learners and more. [If you may be able to contribute, please see our latest update here.]
This data is useful for communities doing language planning. Results will be shared in the 2022 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages and supports FPCC in its advocacy work. The information helps us understand which language strategies are resulting in the best outcomes, areas that may need urgent support and the health of the languages across B.C.
During the last two years, we waived the requirement to submit an annual assessment while we redesigned the process and tool to be easier and less burdensome.
In response to advice from communities, FPCC has made several improvements to the process. LSAs will now be accepted online via the FPCC Grant Portal, so it is easy for respondents to complete it and collaborate with others if needed. We also acknowledge that this work takes time and will provide a payment of $500 for each submitted assessment to support completing this important work.
We are reaching out to First Nations communities to identify a contact for this work and will provide a how-to guide and other assistance as needed. The community contacts will be confirmed by November 2 and the assessments will be complete by February 2, 2021.
Unlike the previous assessments, which were required annually, LSAs will be required only once every four years. A current assessment must be completed to apply or continue to receive FPCC language funding and programs.
The 2022 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages will be the fourth comprehensive study on the status of languages. The learnings from the study support us in our work to advocate for funding and resources and enable a coordinated effort to revitalize languages across B.C. We are grateful for everyone’s participation as B.C. is the only province that is gathering this important information and providing a public report on our First Nations languages. To view the results of earlier assessments please check out the previous Status Reports here and the First Peoples’ map here.
If you have any questions about the FPCC Language Status Assessment, please contact Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 328-1210.