How To Learn an Indigenous Language

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Date created: 
2016-02-04
Keywords: 
Kwi Awt Stelmexw
Indigenous
Language
Aboriginal
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How To Learn an Indigenous Language is a question many want answered. Esteemed speakers Gabriel George Sr. (Tsleil-waututh), Dakota Brant (Mohawk), and Aaron Williams (Squamish) will be joined by moderator Khelsilem for an evening discussion on this question.

Indigenous languages all over the world are on the decline, but many Indigenous people are being proactive in this struggle. All are invited to this special talk from esteemed speakers on their stories, struggles and vision for Indigenous language revitalization.

Gabriel George Sr. is a səl̓il̓wət from sʔəθnəc. He currently works for his Tsleil-Waututh Nation as the Manager of the Culture & Language Program. George is a second-language speaker and learner of downriver Halkomelem - one of the two Coast Salish languages of Vancouver.

Dakota Brant is a Mohawk from Six Nations. She is a former Miss Indian World, community planner, and language student at Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa, the Mohawk-only language school founded in the Six Nations community in Ontario. Brant is a second-language speaker of Mohawk.

Aaron Williams is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh from Eslhá7an. He is currently completing a Master-Apprentice Program, where an apprentice speaker is paired with a master fluent speaker to complete 300 hours of immersion over 6 months, with fluent speakers Vanessa Campbell and Dr. Peter Jacobs in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) language - one of two Coast Salish languages of Vancouver. Aaron Williams grew up speaking Squamish in his home raised by his grandmother until he was ten and returned to learning the language as an adult.

Khelsilem will be the moderator for this special speaking event. Khelsilem is the lead instructor with the 2016-2017 adult immersion program with Kwi Awt Stelmexw being offered in partnership with Simon Fraser University. He currently is a speaker of and learning three Indigenous languages.

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English
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