New language planning handbook

April 29, 2013
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is pleased to release A Guide to Language Policy and Planning for B.C. First Nations Communities. This new community resource is an all-in-one guide to language planning and policy development, and was produced with the support of the New Relationship Trust.

The guide provides a foundation for community-based language revitalization efforts, from surveying speakers to developing a community language plan and implementing language policies and programs. Aimed at language planning teams (language authorities), educators, First Nations leadership and policy makers, it provides useful information, resource lists and templates for community use.

“The First Peoples’ Cultural Council created the guide as an in-depth resource for First Nations communities to use when developing language revitalization efforts,” says Aliana Parker, Language Revitalization Program Specialist at FPCC. “Each of B.C.’s 34 languages has a diversity of dialects and limited resources for the comprehensive activities that are needed for revitalization, so many communities sharing the same language are working together. This guide provides the necessary tools and frameworks to facilitate community collaboration and promote effective language planning.”

The guide was developed based on extensive research into best practices in language planning and policy development, and was informed by successful language revitalization initiatives both in B.C. and around the world. It was reviewed by community members working on revitalization across B.C. One reviewer said: “This document will certainly be utilized in our community throughout all levels of our school, chief and council, and the regional community. I firmly believe this should be required reading for all communities and policy makers and implementation at all levels.”

A Guide to Language Policy and Planning for B.C. First Nations Communities contributes to a growing library of language resources developed by the staff and community partners of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

Click to download: A Guide to Language Policy and Planning for B.C. First Nations Communities

Go to our Publications page to download the templates that accompany the guide.

Download the press release.

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