Westbank First Nation (WFN) will launch an online language tutorial series for National Truth and Reconciliation Day – the first of its kind, according to WFN.
The program is an effort to revitalize the nsyilxcÉn language within their community and will feature 45 video tutorials that use the Paul Creek nsyilxcÉn program.
âOur language is on the way out and people for generations have strived to keep our language, our identity, our source of who we are, alive,â said WFN advisor Jordan Coble.
âAs new tools are provided, we must adapt to spark the interest of our people to engage with our language and experience the joy it brings. ”
The program was made possible by a $ 100,000 grant from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council through its Pathways to Language Vitality program.
The funding helped support the development of materials, immersion programs, planning and community collaboration.
âWe just hope this resource can help spark your interest by creating a safe space and allow you to control your learning pace and hopefully learn a little while having fun,â notes Coble.
WFN recognizes the work and dedication of Rachel Marchand, who has worked tirelessly over the past year to support and coordinate the development of the video series as well as the inclusion of language and culture within the administration of WFN.
The program was originally intended to be taught in person, but due to the pandemic, the program has been reworked into an online format.
Access and more information will be released on September 30.
Students will be able to work online, at their own pace and on their own schedule with unlimited access to lessons and resources.
WFN explains that the video resources are open to anyone to strengthen the language for all members and website visitors.
In addition to this video series, other forms of nsyilxcÉn language learning include the syilx language house and the En’owkin center.
The University of British Columbia Okanagan, in partnership with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the En’owkin Center, created a four-year nsyilxcÉn language proficiency program (BNLF) led by WFN member Rose Caldwell .
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