You can't kill Coyote stories of language healing from Chief Atahm School Secwepemc language immersion program

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This thesis explores the remarkable journey to save a dying language by a small group of people on the Adams Lake Reserve in Chase, British Columbia. It is a qualitative study of the experiences of the founding members of the Chief Atahm Secwepemc Immersion School. The study focuses on community language rebuilding, indigenous language revitalization initiatives, and the personal impact of language learning. In addition, I present an overview of the history surrounding the loss of aboriginal languages in Canada, in particular the loss of the Secwepemc language. An important part of this thesis is the exploration of the relationship between language and identity. My analysis of the interview data shows the existence of a deep, meaningful personal journey by the staff and school community that has helped to support the school's development. With this thesis I hope to inspire others to celebrate their unique heritages.

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Faculty of Education - Simon Fraser University
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