The revi­tal­iza­tion of Indige­nous lan­guages must seek to hap­pen in places out­side of a ‘class­room’ set­ting. The Skwomesh Lan­guage Acad­emy project oper­ates in dif­fer­ent places and spaces to accom­plish our goals.

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.


Learn more about our acad­emy project:

Acad­emy History

Lan­guage Status