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Truth and Reclamation: Squamish Language

April 26, 2017

“We either bring our languages back or we die.” said Khelsilem, the founder of the Squamish Language Immersion Program at SFU. With Trudeau’s announcement of a National Indigenous Languages Act, and continual interest in meaningful reconciliation, Khelsilem sought to share the lessons of running a full-time adult immersion program with SFU. After its first year, the program celebrated 15 new language speakers, with another 15 on the way as another cohort began in September 2017. This talk discussed the development and implementation of curriculum, classroom strategies, and results of this groundbreaking program.

There was also a dialogue with discussants: Julie Flett, Andrea Reimer and Charlene George. The evening was moderated by Am Johal.

Co-Presented by

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Kwi Awt Stelmexw


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