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Language Program Resources

The First Peoples' Cultural Council produces a number of resources for communities. Click on the links below to download your PDF copies of our publications. If you would like a printed copy, please contact us.


PDF DocumentLanguage For Life: Nourishing Indigenous Languages in the Home
This handbook provides information intended to help families bring their Indigenous language into the home. The resource provides practical strategies, tools and activities to guide families as they learn and speak their language together.

PDF DocumentLanguage Nest Handbook for B.C. First Nations Communities
This handbook is a unique resource for early childhood language immersion programs. It outlines the vision and goals of the language nest model, summarizes research on language acquisition in young children and provides practical solutions to common challenges in running a language nest program. The handbook was developed with the support of the Chief Atahm School in Adams  Lake and incorporates the knowledge and experience of language nest program administrators and experts from around B.C. and worldwide.

PDF DocumentLanguage Nest Handbook Online Companion Toolkit

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to access the Online Companion Toolkit for the Language Nest Handbook for B.C. First Nations Communities. This toolkit contains a variety of practical resources to help you with the day-to-day running of a language nest program, including job descriptions, lesson plans, activity templates, and links to other resources and information on language nest.

PDF Document 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.

Templates to accompany the guide:
Template 1 - Language Assessment Survey [Word] [PDF]
Template 1 - Excel Workbook for the Language Assessment Survey [Excel]
Template 2 - Language Attitudes Survey [Word] [PDF]
Template 2 - Excel Workbook for the Language Attitudes Survey [Excel]
Template 3 - Language Learning Interest and Personal Resources Survey [Word] [PDF]
Template 4 - Identifying Community Language Resources Survey [Word] [PDF]
Template 5 - Community Notice for Language Planning Meeting [Word] [PDF]
Template 6 - Thinking Big Picture Ideal Language Goals for the Community [Word] [PDF]
Template 7 - Language Plan Template [Word] [PDF]
Template 8 - Building Support and Identifying Human Capacity for Language Planners [Word] [PDF]
Template 9 - Language Authority Terms of Reference [Word] [PDF]
Template 10 - Official Language Policy [Word] [PDF]
Template 11 - Resolution of Support for Language [Word] [PDF]

PDF Document B.C.'s Master Apprentice Language Program Handbook
This handbook serves as a resource from which communities and individuals can gather ideas and guidance for planning and carrying out the Master-Apprentice Program. The information in this handbook is based on the Master Apprentice method that was developed in California by Dr. Leanne Hinton, Nancy Richardson, Mary Bates Abbott, Julian Lang, and others in 2001, and on best practices from B.C. First Nations community members who have successfully carried out the program since 2007.

PDF Document Culture Camps for Language Learning: An Immersion Handbook
This handbook is intended to be a practical tool for camp organizers, staff, Elders, community members, teachers and anyone else involved in language and culture camps. It includes key points and details for each step of the entire process of planning and carrying out a language and culture immersion camp.

PDF Document Language and Culture Immersion Programs Handbook
This handbook provides tips for language teaching and learning, ideas for language immersion games and activities, as well as suggested language teaching methods and approaches. It is intended to be a practical tool for Elders, community members, teachers and anyone else involved in language revitalization, especially language and culture immersion programs.

PDF Document Language Nest Programs in B.C.
This booklet is a condensed version of Onowa McIvor's Ph.d thesis work on language nests in B.C. It was created with the hope that it may be useful to communities interested in starting a language nest program.

This series of one-page fact sheets provides information on various topics in Indigenous language revitalization. The fact sheets share information for community language champions as well as others who are interested, and include links to other resources for those who want to learn more.

The following fact sheets are now available:
To download all of the above fact sheets in one document click here.


The 2018 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages provides concrete data on the province's First Nations languages, including the numbers of speakers and resources for each language as well as the language revitalization work being done.

The Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages 2018
2018 Language Report Fact Sheet
2018 Language Report Press Release

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