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Monday, October 28, 2013

Crafting an Effective Writer: First Draft Final assignment

Nyselxcin-Okanagan Language

Crafting an Effective Writer

Topic #2: Identify and describe a favourite activity or interest and provide at least 4 reasons why this activity or interest holds your attention and/or is enjoyable to you.



                Nyselxcin is a language currently being revived from the brink of extinction, in essence being revived by very dedicated language keepers of our Valley. Our culture, language and traditional ways of the First Nations Peoples are slowly being driven into extinction because of progress, generational issues and cultural racism. The traditional language keepers of many nations were ripped from homes and beaten into submission. The language was essentially ‘illegal’ to use for the First Nations peoples. Which, shows us why so many first nations languages were drowned out and never to be heard again. In my Valley, we have dedicated, motivated and amazing men and women that work tiresly so people like me can hear, learn and speak the language of our people. To learn, do and gift on the traditions and love to future generations. These same language keepers are showcasing and illuminating respect for our people, for ourselves, for our culture, for our language, for our traditions and for the living in harmony with others. I am proud to say that I am currently learning my language. I am proud to say that I am learning from amazing people. To ensure generational, life longevity of our traditional language, we must first start with a step, a moment, and the spoken word. Way’ lim limt!

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