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‘A tangible example of reconciliation’: guardian of Skwomesh language applauds provincial language spending

In 2016, Khelsilem (Dustin Rivers) launched a language immersion program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., that teaches Sk̲wx̱wú7mesh sníchim or in English, the Skwomesh language. (Blaire Russell)

By CBC News / Of the many funding initiatives outlined in the B.C. NDP budget speech, spending for Indigenous communities is the one that most excites Dustin Rivers, also known by his Skwomesh name, Khelsilem.

Khelsilem is a councillor with the Squamish First Nation and a lecturer in Indigenous Languages at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.

He is also the man behind a language immersion program offered by SFU that teaches Sk̲wx̱wú7mesh sníchim (the 7 represents a glottal stop or a slight pause) — or in English, the Skwomesh language.

SOURCE: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/a-tangible-example-of-reconciliation-guardian-of-skwomesh-language-applauds-provincial-language-spending-1.4550184?cmp=rss

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