We create online practice exercises, instructional videos, & private classes of the for you to learn our language.
The Squamish Language is nearly extinct. The Squamish Nation’s population grows to more than 4000 people soon, yet only 0.02% speak the language fluently. The causes for its decline are numerous; assimilation policies by Canadian governments, disruption of traditional ways of being by Settler domination in our lands, and the embracing of Western-style education methods. Even though the situation is severe, we are committed, dedicated, and will be successful at learning our languages so we can share it with future generations.
We have two project phases for the Skwomesh Language Academy.
The first phase is building an online resource of instructional videos for all to learn some of our language. People can access these videos by sponsoring our academy through our patreon campaign. The second phase is once we reach enough monthly donors we can fund our full-time language immersion program. That’s where we really change the status of our language by giving monthly living allowances to students to attend a full-time six-month course to become fluent speakers of our language.
In our language carries the knowledge, wisdom, and guidance of our ancestors. It defines whats important, and what is good. It shows us what our culture says about learning and acquiring knowledge. It describes things in such detail and beauty, we cannot help by feel the strength of our ancestors by the more we learn of our language. Our language is like an old-growth forrest of the mind.
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