KWI AWT STELMEXW

A platform for arts & education

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What We Do

Language Education

Kwi Awt Stelmexw has developed cutting-edge and effective language education programs. The goal: create more fluent speakers. The intended outcome: a vibrant community strengthened by the use of a common heritage language.

Creating Moments

We host events to invite all to join in the work. We’ve hosted panels, talks, and galas. We would say we ḵéx̱wen ("gather the people"). Our next major project is to host a cultural arts festival where authentic cultural growth happens and is celebrated.

Language Centre Project

Where there is space for things to grow, they grow. Our dream is to build a 4,000 square foot Language Centre in the Squamish Nation where the language is protected and used exclusively. "What the people do with the land defines who we are."

The Language Centre Project

Kwi Awt Stelmexw is looking to build a centre for the Squamish Language. The Squamish Language is making a comeback, but it needs a home where it can be protected, used exclusively, and supported with an endowment fund. Kwi Awt Stelmexw is currently fundraising to build a brand new Language Centre with 4,000 square feet of programming space for adult immersion programs, evening classes, weekend immersion gatherings, a recording studio, and a gathering hall.

Khelsilem Programming Director Kwi Awt Stelmexw

Kwi Awt Stelmexw is a Squamish phrase that can be interpreted as “the last people” or “the people coming after”. These in turn have can mean “ancestors” or “future generations”. We took this name as a reminder that we are the ancestors to those unborn children to come.

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