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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6417 - Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
6417
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2018/2019
Funding Application Type: 
BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Language comment: 
We serve many neighbouring nations but will fill this out for KWAKIUTL
Dialect: 
Kwak'wala
Community(-ies) this project will be serving: 
Community NOT listed: 
Opportunities and Challenges
Opportunities: 
We understand the need to collaborate with other nations of the Kwakwaka'wakw in order to achieve a well balanced language revitalization strategy and are therefore in a situation where we must collaborate with other First Nations that reside in the traditional territories of the Kwagu'[ surrounding Port Hardy
Challenges: 
One of the aspects of the language revitalization that is a challenge for us, is seeking the commitment from enough parents and individuals within our respective communities, as well as, community leadership and administration to offer truly immersive language learning opportunities. The advanced age of our fluent speakers is also a challenge. By providing a program that seeks the support of community, parents and members who live off reserve and on reserve who are committed to immersion and the time required we can develop a program built on immersion models. However, the advanced age and lack opportunity for our fluent speakers to share language and cultural activities that are land based also poses a challenge. We must give our elders time to support one another in remembering and using this important language that connects us to our wellness and do this work in appropriate settings that meet our elders needs physically. We must therefore develop a strategy to grow our capacity over the course of several years.