First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)

July 14, 2013 13:15 ET

Language Champions Honoured at First Nations Languages Conference

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 14, 2013) - Four B.C. First Nations Language Champions were recognized at the First Nations Languages Conference in Vancouver for outstanding achievement in First Nations language revitalization. The bi-annual, two-day conference is co-hosted by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the First Peoples' Cultural Council.

The Language Champions for 2013 are:

  • Youth Award - honours an individual 18 to 30 years of age, who is learning their language and inspiring others. Awarded to Reginald Dennis, champion of the Tahltan language.
  • Community Education Leadership Award - honours an individual who is exemplifying excellence in language teaching and leadership in a community setting Awarded to Bridget Dan, champion of the Secwepem╠ôctsín language.
  • School Education Award - honours an individual who is exemplifying excellence in language teaching and leadership in a school setting Awarded to Frances Brown, champion of the Heiltsuk language.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - honours an individual who has significantly contributed to the preservation and teaching of a First Nations language over their lifetime. Awarded to Mona Jules, champion of the Secwepem╠ôctsín language.

"We are so proud of our Language Champions," said Tracey Herbert, Executive Director at the First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council. "They are a truly inspiring group of people who have dedicated their lives to keeping their languages alive for the next generation of speakers. We must continue to support their work."

"Tsi:thólé Si:y:a:m I honour the achievements of our Language Champions," said Tyrone McNeil, FNESC President. "We are proud and honoured to recognize their language revitalization efforts."

Language Champions are chosen bi-annually for their outstanding contributions to First Nations languages in British Columbia.

For further information about the Language Champions please visit: http://www.fnesc.ca/first-nations-languages-conference

About the First Nations Education Steering Committee

Established in 1992, the First Nations Education Steering Committee is an independent society led by representatives of BC First Nations communities. FNESC is committed to achieving quality First Nations education in British Columbia. www.fnesc.ca

About the First Peoples' Cultural Council

The First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council is a B.C. Crown Corporation with the mandate to support First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures. www.fphlcc.ca

Contact Information

  • Megan Lappi
    Communications Manager
    First Peoples' Cultural Council
    (250) 652-5952 ext. 214
    Cell: (250) 893-8897
    www.fphlcc.ca

    Jennifer White
    Senior Communications Officer
    First Nations Education Steering Committee
    (604) 925-6087 ext. 105
    Cell: (604) 812-4131
    www.fnesc.ca