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Language Revitalization Planning Program

We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-20 program year.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is offering grant funding to support B.C. First Nations communities and organizations to come together and share with each other about their current and future language revitalization goals and projects. The primary goal of this grant is the sharing of information and resources and forming positive relationships to support the work of language revitalization. 

There are two project options within this grant, which may be used for formal or informal gatherings and visits focused on language revitalization:
  • Language Gathering and Sharing events with neighbouring communities in the same language group to share successes in language group and prepare for the future of your language.
  • Community-to-Community Mentorship projects in which a team from one community visits and/or collaborates with a team from another community
NOTE** Applicants may apply for both projects, but will be awarded up to a maximum of $15,000 per applicant for one or both projects.

For more detailed information about the projects funded by this grant, eligibility and timelines please see the application form.

Application Form: [PDF] [Word]
Poster: [PDF]

: Eligible applications will be funded in the order in which they are received until the program fund is expended for the current year.
January 31, 2020 is the last date that applications will be accepted for funding in the current fiscal year. Events and projects must be completed before March 31, 2020.
Please submit completed applications by email to: Thea Harris thea@fpcc.ca

We are here to help! If you have any questions about this program or need assistance with your application please contact Thea Harris, Language Programs Associate at thea@fpcc.ca or 250-652-5952 ext. 204.

This is a resource created by Chief Atahm School to support planning community language events. While it focuses on language-learning events within a single community, it may be very useful for planning any kind of language event, including gatherings that involve more than one community.

Language Revitalization Planning Program
All communities sharing a language are asked to come together to collaborate in spite of geographical challenges, and dialect, and political and community differences. Communities are asked to work as a team to share resources, knowledge, funding, resource people, infrastructure and expertise to develop a language authority. 

The purpose of language planning is to:
  • Take responsibility for the revitalization and future of the language
  • Assess the status of the language
  • Gather language resources and make them available for language vitalization projects and strategies
  • Develop a viable and sustainable plan for community language revitalization
  • Plan and implement language revitalization projects
  • Develop language-based policies
Note: The 'Language Authority & Language Plan Development Program' has been re-named the 'Language Revitalization Planning Program' in response to community feedback. The new name of this program better reflects the program's goal to support comprehensive community-based language planning.

The program is not currently accepting applications. We will be sending out a call for the 2018/19 year in the spring of 2018. Check this website, sign up for funding updates here, or sign up to our Facebook and/or Twitter accounts for further updates. 

General Language Authority and Language Planning Resources:
Language Authority Concept Diagram
3 Phases to Language Authority and Planning
Language Authority and Planning Best Practices from B.C.
How to Begin an Indigenous Language Revitalization Initiative
B.C.'s Language Authority and Language Plan Development- Workshop Presentation from SILS 2012

A Guide to Language Policy and Planning for B.C. First Nations Communities
This resource is an all-in-one guide to language planning and policy development, and is relevant to all interested community members, language planning teams (language authorities), educators, First Nations leadership, and policy makers. The guide lays the foundation for community-based language revitalization efforts, from surveying speakers to developing a community language plan and implementing language policies and programs. It is packed with useful information, resource lists and templates for community use.

Click here to access the guide and templates.

The guide was translated into Mandarin by the Indigenous Language Research and Development Center (ILRDC) Taiwan to support Indigenous languages in Taiwan. 

Translated guide. [PDF]
ILRDC Taiwan website [WEB]

For more information, please contact:
Aliana Parker: aliana@fpcc.ca

Click here to access information about all FPCC funding opportunities.

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