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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6301 - Gitksan Wet'suwet'en Education Society

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
6301
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2018/2019
Funding Application Type: 
Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Dialect: 
Geets/Giganeex
Community NOT listed: 
Opportunities and Challenges
Opportunities: 
Our communities have Elders, language teachers and technology resources that will be best utilized in community partnership initiatives to meet, set up dialog, plan and distribute a well laid-out plan that will impact all our front line language teachers. Our communities also have younger generations of knowledge holders that can contribute to creating Gitxsan language resources that can be accessible to all 6 of our communities. Gathering Gitxsan language knowledge holders to identify prominent Gitxsan language teaching resources and development is an opportunity that includes both dialect in all communities.
Challenges: 
Funding to identifying and gather prominent Gitxsan language and culture knowledge holders in one place at the same time from all 6 communities is one challenge we face. The need to use technology to create Gitxsan language teaching resources is great and is another stumbling block. Having sufficient resources to utilize workshop facilitators who will need access to technology to teach language teachers to create their own Gitxsan language resources is of great importance and comes with costs.