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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6190 - Simpcw First Nation

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
6190
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Applicant Information
Contact person for this LNA: 
Charli Fortier
Job Title: 
Cultural and Language Coordinator
Organization/First Nation/Government: 
Simpcw First Nation
Phone: 
(250)672-9995
Fax: 
(250)672-5858
Email: 
Charli.Fortier@simpcw.com
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2017/2018
Funding Application Type: 
BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Dialect: 
Western
Community(-ies) this project will be serving: 
Community NOT listed: 
Opportunities and Challenges
Opportunities: 
Simpcw holds a community planning session every year to identify priorities, and language is consistently in the top three. This past year at the planning session, there were 10 community volunteers to help with language initiatives. We have a full time Language Coordinator for community engagement and also a Language Teacher for our local school. The school has electronic equipment that can be utilized for developing language learning tools. Our political leadership and administration staff are very supportive and have shown an interest in learning Secwepemctsin.
Challenges: 
One challenge is helping language learners overcome their personal trauma and barriers to language learning. Another challenge is continuously advancing people conversations abilities in the language. Our community is only left with three fully fluent Secwepemctsin speaking Elders. We need to mentor more speakers so that they can keep our language alive and thriving.