SFU to launch “trailblazing” Skwomesh language immersion course

January 18, 2016

Khelsilem, a 26-year-old language activist, will be leading a full-time adult immersion program for the Skwomesh language at Simon Fraser University, starting in September. “My heart just soars when I have opportunities to speak to others in my language. Right now, I don’t have enough people,” said Khelsilem. The program, which aims to enrol 15 students, will run seven hours a day, five days a week. After completing 1,000 classroom hours, students will graduate with a certificate in First Nations language proficiency. “It’s a trailblazing project (in British Columbia),” said SFU Professor Marianne Ignace, Director of SFU’s First Nations Language Centre and a community member of the Skeetchesen First Nation. CBC