Welcome to another issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin.
Each week we focus on an Indigenous language in our region. This week we will focus on more of the Nisga'a language.
Please share with us how you are keeping up with your studies through remote delivery. How you are keeping active? How you are entertaining your kids? etc. Be sure to contact your local FNAC about our first VIRTUAL Cedar Weaving Class coming up on June 2 to 4th.
We would love share information on sites you may have found to offer free e-books, online music concerts and more in our next issue.
Please contact us! We would love to hear from you.
Jillian Stephens, Terrace firstname.lastname@example.org
Veronica Waechter, Terrace email@example.com
Sharon Oskey, Prince Rupert firstname.lastname@example.org
Kellie Nyce, Hazelton email@example.com
Katie Humphrey, Smithers firstname.lastname@example.org
Cedar Weaving with Val Morgan
June 2 - 4 | online
Join us for a virtual series of cedar harvesting and preparation!
Val Morgan facilitates this series where we will learn the sacred teachings of cedar, how to harvest and how to make a cedar basket.
Cedar kits will be made available. You must register to participate and space is limited.
Contact your local FNAC to sign up!
Visiting with Jiits
Jiits knows that you might be feeling luu-sihlguuÍ-di afraid or insecure during this time. Jiits would tell you simgit wilsim̓̓ be steadfast.
There are many resources to help learn Nisga’a language when you are ready. Nisga’a Elders and their Council of Elders have worked hard to promote and preserve the traditional language. Nisga'a is currently taught in School District #92 from K to 12. In our Nisga'a villages of Gingolx, Laxgalts'ap, and Gitlaxt'aamiks (formerly New Aiyansh), over 300 people are fluent Nisga'a speakers. In the smaller village of Gitwinksihlkw, over 60 people are fluent speakers. Learn more about the Nisga’a Nation by visiting this website. You will find information on self-government, Ayuukw (traditional Nisga’a Law), tourism, stories from the land, language, and more!
Nisga'a language classes for adults are offered through Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute. The language classes come with a variety of books and CDs to keep learning at home. You can also connect with your urban local in Terrace, Prince Rupert/Port Edward and Vancouver to see if there are classes available.
A language app titled Nisga'a is archived on FirstVoices.com. It is a media rich bilingual dictionary with 3,875 words and 1,041 phrases. You can also find a Nisga’a language app through Apple Store or Google Play.
Check out this video about the Nisga’a language revitalization. Da dip hooxhl lip algaxaḿ ii aamhl hli naxńadit! When we speak our language, it sounds so good!
Grab a partner or little one and check out the Nisga'a Language Youtube Channel. If you're missing your ‘Jiits this will be sure to warm your heart! There are many helpful videos which you can practice along with, and some humorous ones with puppets. This is Terrace FNAC Jill’s favourite.