Indigenous languages lost, found and shared
All summer long Unreserved will share our favourite interviews from our community, culture and conversations.
This week: Languages lost, found, and shared.
You may be familiar with the term Squamish. It's the name of a community in British Columbia and is often used to refer to a nation of people. One of those people is Khelsilem. He is one of two lead instructors of the adult immersion Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language program at Simon Fraser University.
For many, social media is a place to share funny photos or watch cat videos. But for some language revivers, apps and sites like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are becoming tools to to foster and share Indigenous languages.
Jacey Firth-Haden is a young Yukon woman behind a social media campaign called "Speak Gwich'in To Me." She started the online community to get her people speaking the Gwich'in language.
Belinda teaches introductory Cree, history and Indigenous studies to high school students in Saskatoon.
But she wasn't always a Cree speaker. Belinda didn't begin to learn her language until she was in university.