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WAYK 2020 Summer Language Intensive

June 26, 2020 - August 23, 2020

view of Squamish Valley and the Chief from late June.

June 26, 2020 – August 23, 2020

This summer, the WAYK team will live in the Vancouver area and work with a team of local speakers and learners. The team that comes together in North Vancouver will build on the existing work done over the past several years (including experiences working with both Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and hen̓q̓əmin̓em̓). Over the course of the Summer Intensive (June 26th — August 23rd), we hope to achieve several goals that we have developed in cooperation with the TWN team and their collaborators:

  • Continue to build Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim fluency for all program participants: While the summer is not designed as a full immersion program, we will have many immersion sessions and language lessons with the goal that all participants will increase their Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim fluency. We hope that learners who participated in last summer’s Intensive will return to continue strengthening their language skills. We will also be looking at ways to expand the access to language instruction to serve more TWN community members and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim learners.
  • Increased WAYK skills: The TWN language program is committed to creating both new speakers and new teachers at the same time. For this reason, there will be an equally strong emphasis on training all project participants in WAYK learning and teaching strategies.
  • Further development of a novice Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim curriculum that is currently in progress: We plan to continue meeting and working with speakers to develop new lessons throughout the summer and refine existing lessons. We with then share these lessons with both new and experienced learners.

WAYK has been partnering with Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s language program since 2013 and this year the Summer Language Intensive will take place on TWN’s land on the Burrard Inlet, as it did in 2014 and 2019. TWN’s Department of Culture and Language is strongly supported by the Nation and supplementally funded through the Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) and the British Columbia Languages Initiative (BCLI). TWN’s language program also collaborates with other entities in the region: Squamish Nation, Simon Fraser University’s Adult Immersion Program, and Kwi Awt Stelmexw. The primary goals of the current project are: (1) to increase the fluency of individual learners, (2) to improve all participant’s WAYK skills while expanding the roster of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim teachers trained in WAYK, and (3) to develop a novice-level curriculum for Sḵwx̱wú7mesh sníchim.


June 26, 2020
August 23, 2020
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Tsleil-Waututh Nation
3178 Alder Court
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7H 2V6 Canada
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