LANGUAGE & CULTURE SOCIETY
The Canadian Government has proposed a co-developed legislation to protect Indigenous languages. Since 2017, they have engaged in consultations with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples throughout Canada. The WLCS has participated in several engagement sessions and consultations. Below is our position paper based on feedback we gathered from Witsuwit'en leaders and community members. We presented this paper to Heritage Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and First Peoples Cultural Council.
In 2016-2017, the WLCS help meetings in Witset (Moricetown), Tsë Cakh (Hagwilget) and in Wet'suwet'en First Nation (Broman Lake) to gather information about language revitalisation priorities, to share the structure and mission of our newly formed society, to collect statistics about fluent speakers and barriers to language revitalisation. Below is a summary report of the work that was accomplished.