Thursday, December 10, 2020

Josephine Good - Language Teacher

Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓: the dialect traditionally spoken in the Lower Mainland

Mrs. Josephine Good is the language model for hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ vocabulary words and expressions found on this site. This is the dialect that is spoken in the Lower Mainland in the vicinity of Vancouver. Learn some basic expressions as well as useful everyday vocabulary. Audio files are included for each of the sections.


Animals names in henqeminem

Downriver versions of animal names (in IPA)

Image detail from "Explore the Animals: Northwest Coast First Nations & Native Art Colouring Book"

Here's a handy list of local animals transcribed in IPA for the downriver dialect, and accompanied by an audio file. 
Very helpful for hearing the language, and this list may offers suggestions for schools looking to localize and Indigenize their school logos and mascots.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Be an ambassador of reconciliation: #Next150

Personal and group challenges for all

From the webpage: "Whether you're Indigenous or non-Indigenous, educated on the subject or new on this journey, we welcome you to the #Next150 challenge and we believe you will gain something through participating. Our challenges will be issued by respected community leaders and activists in Canada. We hope that you find value in taking on each challenge and if you do, we ask that you share your learning with your friends and your network."


Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Indigenous podcasting has come a long way

New podcasts (and existing) podcasts created by Indigenous people

It's always worthwhile checking out new and recommended podcasts by Indigenous folks. Hearing our stories and experiences in our own voices is a powerful way to connect across Turtle Island. Jourdan Bennett-Begaye has some suggestions to explore.


Sherwood Park teacher links skateboard design and Indigenous history

From the article: 
Basaraba asked his students to create their own skateboard brands including a logo and purpose for their brand, all with an Indigenous theme. "Then they had to create brand assets, so they had to hand make a skateboard," he said. Basaraba recruited Edmonton-based Cree artist Jon Cardinal and Cree professional skateboarder Joe Buffalo from Maskwacis for their expertise and experience.


Friday, November 27, 2020

New Jordan's Principle eligibility

Nations determine their members

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has released a ruling on the groups of children eligible to receive services through Jordan's Principle. The CHRT rules that cases meeting any one of the four criteria are eligible for consideration under Jordan's Principle. (Check the link for details.)


Thursday, October 29, 2020

VIRTUAL Snuneymuxw Traditional Life - Nanaimo Museum

A varied and fast-paced virtual program

From the site:

The virtual version of Snuneymuxw Traditional Life connects your students with a live museum staff member for a 30-minute interactive program that will keep your students engaged and moving while learning about the tools used by the Snuneymuxw First Nation and other Coast Salish Nations to make canoes, longhouses, and blankets.  A combination of pictures, live close-ups of cultural belongings and video tours of the museum's gallery create a varied and fast-paced virtual program.  


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

The word Indigenous - explained

What does it mean?

"Indigenous people are the first people to live in a place. In Canada, our Indigenous people belong to a number of different communities or nations. CBC Kids News's Sid and Ruby explain."


Monday, May 11, 2020

Learn hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓


Local traditional language lessons

"hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ is spoken by the Down River peoples of the Fraser Valley, including the Musqueam, Katzie and Kwantlen Nations. In the Kwantlen Nation, the language is taught to Langley students by Aboriginal Language Teacher, Fern Gabriel — Sesmelot. Check out the four lessons on SD 35's website."