Language Needs Assessment: LNA6522 - Alexis Creek First Nation

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Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
Language and Culture Immersion Camp
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Opportunities and Challenges
We hope to work towards addressing the following concern as shared in the Alexis Creek First Nation, Community Comprehensive Plan 2015, “The main cultural concern the community has voiced is the need to keep the Tsilhqot’in language alive through education. Many see that the language is slowly fading. Much of the language is spoken by people in their late 30’s and 40’s years of age. The Tsilhqot’in language knowledge and speaking is minimal for the younger generations.”
The Tsilhqot’in language knowledge and speaking is minimal for the younger generations. This could be due to a number of different factors such as underdeveloped teaching models for the language in schools, no classes available to students of all ages, and the residential schools’ banning of the use of language by students. In addition, speakers interpret and translate the same word or event differently, making the passing on of language even more difficult. Many feel it is up to the community to work collaboratively to diminish or eliminate the problem. Many community members acknowledge the need to do more outdoor activities like camping, and participating in traditional activities as a way of keeping healthy and sustaining Tsilhqot’in cultural customs. Furthermore, we struggle to access traditional/territorial sites due to the need of having a reliable 4-wheel drive vehicle.