We are working with the School District, community partners and neighbouring nations (Tla-o-qui-aht, Toquaht, and Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ) to develop a robust Nuu-chah-nulth language program at USS. The Nuu-chah-nulth language is in danger of being lost as we have very few fluent speakers left. The thirteen Nuu-chah-nulth nations are all working independently and collectively to develop language programs to ensure the language survives. USS and SD 70 are proud to partner with our Nuu-chah-nulth nations to ensure the language grows as a vital part of our communities.
This year we have Adam Werle, SD70 linguist, working directly with our students and our teaching team (Monique Copeland- teacher, Jason Sam- Nuu-chah-nulth Education Worker, Sarah Hagar- West Coast SD70 First Nations Resource teacher) on a regular basis. We also invite local knowledge keepers into our classroom to share their language and culture.
Our hope is that next year we will be ready to offer a grade 8 and a grade 9 class; then the following year grade 8, 9, and 10 classes. As our capacity to teach Nuu-chah-nulth langauge increases we hope to have classes in the upper grades as well.
hišukʷin hašaḥ (we are all valuable, precious)