Our Living Languages

Our Living Languages

Primary Documents

Where to Begin Your Own Research

Our Living Languages Travelling Exhibition

The Our Living Languages exhibition was created in partnership with First Peoples’ Cultural Council. It originally opened at the Royal BC Museum in 2014.  There is now a travelling version that is loaned out across the province.

BC First Nations Languages 2022

To learn more about First Nations languages in BC, look no further! This in-depth report was produced by First Peoples’ Cultural Council in 2022.

Indigenous Language Revitalization Program

The award-winning and accessible Certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization is offered by the University of Victoria’s Department of Linguistics and the Division of Continuing Studies in partnership with the En’owkin Centre.

Outside Links

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The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a First Nations-run crown corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia.

Download and print the beautiful Tah’lum Indigenous Artist Collective Colouring Book: Volume II, by artists Sarah Jim and Natassia Davies.

First Nations in BC is produced by the First Nations Technology Council. This excellent site provides access to shared knowledge, tools and directories.

Indigenous Tourism BC 

The British Columbia Assembly of First Nations (BCAFN) is a political territorial organization that represents the 203 First Nations in BC.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada was established to contribute to truth, healing and reconciliation after more than 120 years of Aboriginal children being sent to Indian Residential Schools, where they were stripped of language, cultural identity and traditions.

Know Your Rights! The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Indigenous Adolescents

The United Nations declares language to be a human right. “Indigenous peoples have the right to recover, use and pass on to future generations their histories and languages, oral traditions, writing systems and literature and to use their own names for communities, places and people.

Read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples presented in a youth-friendly format. See pages 14 -16 to read Articles 13, 14 and 15 that relate specifically to language.