We received an evaluation visit from Aliana Parker from First Peoples' Cultural Council last Wednesday. It was a full day of immersion learning (we are well into the third Paul Creek textbook) and the take-away messages are: Aliana was "very impressed," and "it's so much more impressive in person than on paper", and "it's four in the afternoon and nobody's falling asleep!" Aliana witnessed our first trial of immersion UNO which was a big hit with the students ... it was hard to get them to stop at 4pm! Thank you for the uplifting visit and kind words, Aliana, we were proud to share our day with you.
The Syilx Language House hosted an Elders recording session last week. It was a great time to be together in the language and we were very proud and grateful to record stories in nqilxʷcn from Sʕamtíc̓aʔ, Salʕáwaʔt, Kiʔláwna, Qʷlqʷlmnalqs, uł Kuxaʔstminaʔ. Thank you to the Elders for coming and sharing. We are so thankful to be able to share good stories, food and laughter.
We are very happy to see that the Penticton Newspaper has picked up our story.
the Syilx Language House celebrates milestone of completing our second book,
Captíkʷł 1 , and we will be moving onto our third book, Nsyilxcn 2!
This is the last week of Captikʷł 1. Stories 15. snkstíyaʔ naʔł ʔarsíkʷ (Skunk and Turtle), and 16. snkstíyaʔ naʔł yx̌ʷyx̌ʷutxn (Skunk and Badger). Along with Captikʷł 1, students have been learning songs from Song book 2. Many of the students have children and are fortunate enough to teach and share the stories and songs.
Andrew McGinnis shared that, If you are having difficulty saying a word or words together, make a song and sing it. By singing it, it makes the transition of sounds flow together into sentences.
We appreciate all of the fluent speakers who continue to revitalize, renew and preserve the language. We also appreciate our students for all of their hardwork and dedication they share with us each week. way̓ límləmt!
k̓ninmtm taʔ nqʷic̓tn dropped by to give encouraging words to our students. He is very proud of the students and their teachers.