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First Peoples’ Heritage, Language & Culture Council Request for Expression of Interest

by NationTalk on October 31, 20071109 Views

Language Authority and Language Plan Development

Deadline: November 23, 2007

Background

The First Peoples’ Heritage and Language Culture Council (FPHLCC), the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation (MARR) and the New Relationship Trust (NRT) have come together in support of First Nations language and cultural revitalization in British Columbia to develop a plan that will support four new language revitalization strategies. By working collectively we will maximize the resources available to communities engaged in language and cultural work. We are now pleased to announce the Language Authority and Language Plan Development program funding is now available to BC Language communities.Definition of Language Authority
A language community dedicated to assisting with the revitalization of the language through planning, documentation, authorization of vocabularies, writing systems, spelling etc. Language authorities can also certify First Nation language speakers who is proficient in their language and set standards and criteria for proficiency. Language authorities should include all communities that share the common language and dialect. It is representative a single language.

Goal: To facilitate the development of language and culture authorities with the delegated Tribal Council authority to certify speakers, review curriculum, create new vocabulary, address orthography issues and develop long-term language and cultural revitalization plans. FPHLCC, NRT and MARR will build upon the language authority work initiated by the B.C. College of Teachers and Ministry of Education, strengthening and supporting BC First Nations to move towards more strategic, long-term and coordinated approaches to language and cultural revitalization. The project may be funded up to three years pending eligibility and ability to meet the reporting requirements.

Objectives
�� To support and coordinate existing language authorities to work together across the language group and develop plans to address orthography issues, material development, documentation and language teaching. This must be supported with a language consultation process with elders, speakers, teachers and other stakeholders.
�� To develop materials to support new language authorities to form and develop plans.

Activities
�� To fund language authorities to meet and develop terms of reference, language standards and define roles and responsibilities.
�� To fund meetings and planning sessions for the development of language plans for 50% of the BC language groups and the education system.
�� To leverage additional funding for language authority and language plan development.
�� To develop materials and resources to support new language authorities to design their infrastructure.

Results
�� First Nations communities speaking the same language collaborate under one language authority
�� The development of long term plans for preserving and revitalizing languages for funding in a three year period. Short term and long term planning must be developed.
�� Sharing of information and resources among stakeholders within the language group �� Orthography solutions
�� Teacher training addressed at the language group level

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