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First People’s Cultural Council Visit

Doyon Foundation paid a visit to the First People’s Cultural Council (FPCC), located in British Columbia, in September. The visit was an effort to continue to research and learn from other organizations’ best practices and continue to grow and improve our language revitalization program.

Foundation staff and board members, as well as a representative from Doyon, Limited, joined us on the two-day visit. During the visit, we discussed FPCC’s successful language revitalization efforts over the past 24 years and got valuable ideas for our own program development.

FPCC provides language revitalization support and serves an area that encompasses 34 different languages. Comparatively, the Foundation language revitalization program serves an area with nine languages.

“We wanted to see what they were doing and get advice on what worked and what didn’t work over their 24 years of service,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director.

Highlights of the visit included getting an overview of FPCC programs; exploring the First Voices website, which includes web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching & culture revitalization; touring the Living Languages museum exhibit; and engaging in strategic discussion on Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program development.

“It was a very successful visit. We were all inspired by the amount of work done by a small staff of committed individuals,” Miller said.