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:
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.