Who We Are

Mission

We plan, advocate, and work to rebuild practices of speaking, thinking, hearing, seeing and dreaming in the Nuu-chah-nulth languages through preserving, learning and teaching.

Vision

Our vision is to have a fluent Nuu-chah-nulth community and society.

Quuquuatsa Language Society Accomplishments

Language activists set up the Society and negotiated the partnership agreement with the University of Victoria and North Island College to continue delivering language classes. Courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization Program are offered as a result of the partnership.

The Memorandum of Understanding with UVic and NIC has facilitated the hiring of a part-time Community Language Program Coordinator.

Re-printing and distribution of the T’aat’aaqsapa Cultural Dictionary for use by language learners

Re-printing of the Tahkaht Language Book (1868) for use by language students

Banner and bags produced to promote QLS distributed at conferences

Presentation to a National Education Conference in December 2013

Recordings of fluent speakers in 3 Nuuchahnulth Dialects

Curriculum development in 3 Nuuchahnulth Dialects

In 2012 there were 2 classes in Port Alberni in the Barclay Sound dialect

In 2013 there were 7 classes in 3 locations: Zeballos/Kyuquot/Oclujce, Yuu-cluth-aht and Port Alberni.

In 2014 there have been 3 language classes in 3 dialects in 2 locations: Campbell River and Port Alberni. Three core courses of the CALR program were held during the 2014 Summer Term.

In 2015 QLS will offer 2 beginner language courses scheduled for Ucluelet and Port Alberni. In partnership with UVic and NIC there will be 2 CALR core courses (with credits from UVic) offered in March and April.

Over 120 students have successfully completed up to eight courses in the Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization Program. Approximately 10 students are ready to move up to the level of a Diploma. Students are able to work their way up to the level of a Master’s Degree.

Nuu chah nulth students, Layla Rorick, Dawn Foxcroft and Victoria Wells are studying for their Master’s Degrees from the University of Victoria.

In 2014 Gale Johnsen, Gerri Thomas, Shaunee Casavant and Phyllis Rossignol graduated with a Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization from the University of Victoria