The Witsuwit'en Language and Culture Society (WLCS) is pleased to present you with a final Witsuwit'en Community Report derived from a series of four successful language revitalisation planning meetings that took place throughout the year. These meetings occurred in the communities of Witset (Moricetown), Tsë Cakh (Hagwilget) and Tacot Bin (Wet'suwet'en First Nation - Palling). As many of you know, Witsuwit'en is now an endangered language, with just over 3% of our population who can speak it fluently. Last year we applied to the First Peoples Culture Council for funding to mobilise our communities and to plan for the future. With our partners, the Office of the Wet'suwet'en, Moricetown Band and Hagwilget Village, we are renewing our commitment to the revitalisation of our language.
This report, available on the link below, summarises the outcomes of these meetings, presents the WLCS's terms of reference, vision and mission statements, strategic plan and priorities, as well as our first policy initiatives. It presents the results of the language surveys we conducted with speakers and potential learners within and beyond Witsuwit'en territory. A copy of our membership form is also available at the bottom of this page.
As regional organisations, we hope that you will take the time to review this important document and consider the sense of urgency that the decline of Witsuwit'en language is provoking in our communities in your future initiatives and partnerships. It is through community support and cooperation that we can envision not only the successful revitalisation of Witsuwit'en language and culture, but by extension a firm commitment to reconciliation.
If you have questions or feedback, please contact us. We gladly welcome alliances that will enable us to save what is so fundamental to our identity as Witsuwit'en people.
Wiggus (with respect),
Witsuwit’en Language and Culture Society
For more information, contact Mélanie Morin, Program Coordinator of the Witsuwit’en Language and Culture Society (250) 847-3772 ext. 34