Language in the Homes

In 2016, Kwi Awt Stelmexw launched the Language in the Homes project to support Squamish families who wish to bring more Skwxwú7mesh Sníchim into their lives. This project is part of the Skwxwú7mesh Language Revitalization Planning Program funded by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, and is modeled after similar strategies used in the Maori Ngai Tahu tribe of New Zealand as they developed their tribal language strategy.

Kwi Awt Stelmexw recognizes that not everyone has the time or ability to attend language classes. That is why we are working hard to bring the language to you! Our main objective is to make Skwxwú7mesh Sníchim as accessible as possible for all Squamish Peoples. We want to provide support and resources for all those interested in the language, whether or not they can attend classes, and to bring people together to collaborate on language learning and language planning.

Families who want to be part of the project are visited by our Outreach Workers who help the families set up language plans. The Outreach Workers also provide families with language learning materials and ongoing supports. The learning materials are tailored to the needs and interests of the family, and include vocabulary needed for everyday use in the home. Participating families are also invited to events hosted by Kwi Awt Stelmexw that bring language learners together to share ideas and supports, and to work together on a community language strategy.

The Language in the Homes project is open to all people with Squamish ancestry and their families. Whether your family is big or small, old or young, near or far, Kwi Awt Stelmexw wants to support you in your efforts to bring more Skwxwú7mesh Sníchim into your home. Recruitment for the program began in fall 2016 and is currently ongoing. We will be hosting our next community-wide event in early February 2017.

If you are interested in participating in the Language in the Homes project, please contact us today!