APRIL 1-7, 2012 PROCLAIMED HERITAGE LANGUAGE AWARENESS WEEK
March 27, 2012
City of Ketchikan Mayor Lew Williams issued a proclamation honoring Heritage Language Week which was accepted by KIC Tribal Education Director Cara Wallace. Similar proclamations will be issued by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the City of Saxman.
Mayor Lew Williams and Cara Wallace, KIC Tribal Education Director
Ketchikan Indian Community has been a regional leader in the area of language preservation and revitalization. In an effort to reverse language loss, KIC is focusing on teacher development using the Mentor-Apprenticeship model. The model allows elders to work individually with apprentices, who are training to become language teachers. Since the creation of the language program in 2009, KIC has benefited from the generosity and hard work of the following elders: Primrose Adams, Phyllis Almquist, Stephen Brown, Delores Churchill, Norma Fawcett, Delores Ivins, Gertrude Johnson, Claude Jones, Helen Leask, Claude Morrison, John Reese, Wilbur Reese, and Joseph Thomas.
During Heritage Language Awareness Week, KIC encourages all citizens to celebrate the important role of fluent speakers in the tribal community and acknowledge their continuing dedication to the preservation of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian languages for future generations.
During that week a series of activities will take place to increase community awareness of language revitalization efforts. Activities include:
Monday, April 2 –Game Night, 6pm, Tribal Youth Center, 615 Stedman Street
Tuesday, April 3 – THE LINGUISTS, 6pm, Southeast Alaska Discovery Center
Wednesday, April 4 – Traditional Storytelling, 6pm, UAS Ketchikan Library
Thursday, April 5 – Introductory Language Courses, 6pm, SSEATEC
Friday, April 6 – Honoring Our Speakers Reception, 3pm, Sunny Point Conference Center
The week will culminate in a community reception to honor fluent speakers who have contributed to Ketchikan Indian Community’s language revitalization efforts.
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