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Quuquuatsa Language Society offers a Silent Speakers Course in January 2019

Reclaiming My Language

The Silent Speakers course is for those who understand but do not speak their First Nations language and the course is based on a successful program that was developed in Norway and Sweden for and by Indigenous Sami peoples. The model uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to support silent speakers to overcome barriers to using their Indigenous language in their communities.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) focuses on how people think about themselves and how they respond to external events. Participants will learn to free themselves from negative messages learned about themselves and about the Nuuchahnulth language.

Reclaiming My Language: A Course for Silent Speakers is currently in the pilot phase with a course being offered in Port Alberni.  Duration is 10 weeks for 2-3 hours each week and will include:

  • 10 silent speaker participants paired with a fluent mentor
  • Supportive environment to practice speaking the language
  • Certified mental health specialist experienced in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Individual skill development in CBT

Participants will share their feelings about speaking their language and discuss their weekly homework assignments. The course also offers an internship opportunity for participants to volunteer in a community language program and connect with other language learners, such as in a daycare, school or elders program.

At the end of the first pilot program First Peoples Cultural Council conducted an evaluation and asked for responses from participants on their experience. One described the impact of the program on her life in the following:

“I feel so much stronger as a native person. Strength in knowledge. I felt ashamed of my level and shame to speak in a non-native setting. This course has built up my courage to speak in any setting and be proud to be a strong native woman, passing this on to my grandbabies.” – Reclaiming My Language Pilot Project Participant

Quuquuatsa Language Society needs 10 students who know the language but have not been speaking the language.   Call Anna Masso now while seats are still available.

Call or email:

(250) 723-1447