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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6413 - Hul'q'umi'num' Language & Culture Collective

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BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
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Opportunities and Challenges
The Project Coordinator has developed a language centre, with classroom, research space and a soundproof audio and video recording centre. We're operating under the collective language strategic plan for all Hul'q'umi'num' Nations, including a shared orthography, shared materials and joint capacity building activities. We are partnered with several post-secondary educational institutions in developing research projects and undertaking class development at the university level. We have an experienced team of language teachers and linguistic professors and anthropology collaborators. The HLCC is the only group that is organized to support language learning efforts in the entire area. Our opportunity in language immersion is that we have an inter-generational language team that can support both youth and adults in a safe and supportive environment. In this opportunity, we are seeking to increase fluency in youth, adults and Elders in training. The Language House model, where we're doing our teaching, learning and materials development all in one location, where people know where we are and that our door is open, makes this model efficient and cost-effective.
We have two main challenges, one is the distance of the Hul'q'umi'num' language territory, it's 100 kilometres from Qualicum in the North to Tsouke in the south. The second challenge is multi-faceted in that there are over 15 First Nation governments and then four school districts and several First Nation schools, and there are almost ten thousand people both on and off Reserve and then the dialectal variations. This complexity makes it difficult to have coordinated language programs. The schools cannot deliver language immersion because they don't have certified teachers who are fluent, and so it falls on the communities to do language immersion. We are also faced with a rapidly decreasing number of Hul'q'umi'num' language speakers, our project is working to increase fluency in our Elders in Training.