Small Number in the Sliammon Language

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Math Catcher Outreach Program:

This is to inform you that we have just released the animated film "Small Number and the Old Totem Pole" in the Sliammon language.

The story was translated in the Sliammon language by a group of elders, Ochele (Betty Wilson)  and Gail Blaney from the Sliammon Nation and Eva and Herman Francis from the Klahoose First Nation, and two linguists,  Marianne Huijsmans, UBC, and Su Urbanczyk, UVic. 

In Ochele's words, "I think that the linguists and community elders enjoyed being part of the collaboration. I liked the way I collaborated with so many people. They all enjoyed the story so much."

In my view, the most exciting outcome of this project is that, for the first time, we recorded two (very) young speakers of the Sliammon language, Gabrielle Adams and Jade Touchie. Ochele, who narrated the story, invited Gabrielle and Jade to act as the voices of the animals.

The film, together with a bilingual Sliammon - English transcript of the story, is available at and at

Please find a few minutes to take a look and enjoy the sound of the Sliammon language.

Other updates:

  • On Monday, April 10, David Brigden will record Eldon Yellowhorn's narration of the story "Small Number and the Kit Foxes" in the Blackfoot language.
  • During the next two months the Math Catcher Outreach Program will visit W̱SÁNEĆ School Board, SD 62 - Victoria, SD 73 - Kamloops,  SD 75 - Mission, SD 8 - Nelson, SD 20 - Kootenay-Columbia, and SD 36 - Surrey.
  • An online application form and other information about the 2017 SFU Academic Summer Camp for Aboriginal High School Students are available at

Thank you for your continuing support,

Veselin Jungic
Department of Mathematics
Simon Fraser University