Joan Brown completes her Master’s degree

On July 22, 2016, Joan Brown, Quwqumalwut, pictured here with her husband Jerry Brown, Hyumulh, successfully defended her MA thesis in Indigenous Education and Linguistics at the University of Victoria. Her thesis, featuring canoe culture, is called “Culture is lived, Language gives it life.” One of the concepts brought out in Joan’s work is “paddling on both sides of the […]

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The HLCC team speaks at the CUVIC 2016 conference April 28, 2016.

Ha’kwush tthu sqwal tst: Using immersive techniques in post-secondary language courses. Thomas Jones, Ruby Peter, Delores Louie, and Donna Gerdts say hay tseep q’u to all those who participated in workshop on adult immersion at CUVIC2016 on April 28, 2016. Transmission within families of our Coast Salish language Hul’q’umi’num’ was disrupted due to government policies, including residential schools. The burden […]

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Hul’q’umi’num’ language course April to June 2016

We would like to thank all of you who are attending the Hul’q’umi’num’ language course, Tuesday and Wednesday 7–9 pm, April 19th–June 22nd at Ladysmith Secondary School. Whether you are already fluent or just beginning your journey, we hope you will enjoy studying the course materials. —The HLCC teaching team.

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shkwun’el’s ‘handle’

shkwun’el’s ‘handle’   This refers to the handles on all sorts of tools, for example knives, hammers, adzes, mauls, axes. (Roy Edwards, Stz’uminus, building a canoe) HOW IS THIS WORD FORMED? You are probably familiar with kwunut ‘take it, grab it, catch it’ nii ch kwunut tthu kapous? ‘Did you take his coat?’ If you put in glottalization and a strong […]

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Valerie Bob speaks about story project at CUVIC 2016.

Healing through language: Using childhood memories to create new Hul’q’umi’num’ stories. It was an emotional presentation, as Penelakut language specialist Valerie Bob spoke about the challenges of her family life which led to the loss of her language. Valerie, a Ph.D. student at Simon Fraser University, spoke about the uplighting experience of using her artistic talents and linguistic training to bring to life […]

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