21 10 / 2014
05 10 / 2014
There are times where I felt like I have lost, but then I remember how old and big the universe is and then I say to myself,
"I’m a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar."
03 10 / 2014
03 10 / 2014
Most language revitalization programs experience a sudden and drastic drop in attendance and participation not too long after it begins. What starts out with fervor and excitement can turn to myopia.
Here is the issue:
Language revitalization programs need to create an environment where language skills are acquired relatively soon. There is window of opportunity. If that window is missed, participants do not feel a sense of accomplishment and success, and attending the language revival program in question becomes a burden or inconvenience when compared to the other real world responsibilities or real world opportunities.
However if a person is able to experience that sense of accomplishment and success within that window of opportunity, the language learner starts to experience the amazement and wonder of what it feels like to have another language in ones arsenal of communication methods. For example, one starts to feel the interesting opportunity having another language presents to communicate with select individuals that no one else present is able to comprehend.
I compare this situation to other skills that have a early and steep learning curve to reaching a point where the process feels worthwhile.
Years ago I learned to snowboard. I was told that if I didn’t immerse myself in the workshops and hit the mountain as much as I could in the first week, I would feel like snowboarding wasn’t fun or interesting. I was told, “You will fall down a lot. The best practice is learn to get back up”.
I ended up spending a 6 days on the mountain with every day making attempts to learn to snowboard. By the following week from when I started I was riding down big hills and started to feel the absolute thrill of snowboarding.
If I had done one 45 minute session or even one 1 hour and half session once a week, it would take me a whole winter season to learn to snowboard. After a couple of months of hurting myself, falling down, getting a sore ass or cold face (from falling face first), I would eventually call it quits because frankly, snowboard wasn’t fun (as far as I could tell). It hurt, it sucked, it wasn’t enjoyable.
But because I immersed myself in it at the beginning, I was able to feel that plateau where I finally feel like I’m getting it and finally feel like I’ve acquired a skill.
Learning a language won’t feel awesome unless you get pass that plateau in the same way. Do it quickly and you will feel the amazing results and the thrill of ripping down the mountains of conversation that can happen.
26 9 / 2014
19 9 / 2014
At the current rate, the Squamish Nation will be approximately 5,743 members within 30 years. That’s at a 1.5% growth rate. The rate prior to recent Membership Codes was 0.9%, so the change in growth rate is an estimate. Prior to the 2000 amendments, the growth rate was closer to 1.9%.
Factors that will change this:
1.) The number of members who have children with other Squamish members
2.) The number of members who have children with other status indians.
3.) The number of members who have children is non-Status ppl.
4.) The average number of children each Squamish family has.
Generally speaking, when socio-economic conditions in income or education level , the average number of children per family in low-income or marginalized communities tends to decrease. Where poverty, low education levels, and such exists, there tends to be higher averages for children per family.
This means the growth rate could simply go down as families and individuals have less children or no children at all.
There is a chance the growth rate could start decreasing. Remember — the growth rate is the annual number of members added to the Membership Registry (new born members) subtracted by the number of members who pass away. As the older generation continues to age, more health factors come into the picture and could increase the number of annual deaths in the nation.
Less members being born + more older members passing away = a decrease in growth percentages.
It is important to note — this is only concerning “Membership” of the Squamish Band as defined under the Indian Act, where Members are defined as having to be Status Indians as well. This projection does not deal with who is and who is not defined as being Sḵwx̱wú7mesh — a matter that has zero to do with colonial policies of Membership Codes, Indian Status, and the Indian Act.
18 9 / 2014
18 9 / 2014
16 9 / 2014