Grade 8 student helps teach Nuu-chah-nulth language in high school course

November 2, 2016

Tim Masso, a Grade 8 student from Ucluelet Secondary School, reportedly stunned national Aboriginal leaders and the federal Indigenous Affairs minister by recounting how he came to assist in the teaching of the Nuu-chah-nulth language at his school, despite the fact that he is still learning the language himself. Masso explained that he signed up for an Indigenous language course at his high school and volunteered to help teach students the language after being sent out to pick berries several times. "It would be great if we had elders there," Masso added. “I don't know. I can't really do the language because I'm still learning and if we had the elders there we could do it.” School District 70 superintendent Greg Smith explained that the Nuu-chah-nulth studies course is a general studies class rather than a strict language course, and added that the school enlisted Masso to help with the language portions because he is far ahead of most students in his language skills. CTV News | CBC