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Language: Haida

  • Apr 04, 2012
  • 12:28 PM

Link to Haida culture preserved through photo, audio exhibit at Bill Reid Art Gallery

Lena Sin / The Province
There is hardly anyone speaking Haida today. Fewer than 40. And of those fluent speakers, most are over the age of 75. The youngest is 65. So when Nika Collison, the granddaughter of legendary Haida artist Bill Reid, calls the situation “right on the edge,” she is hardly exaggerating. In the past four months alone, three fluent speakers died.
  • Apr 03, 2012
  • 02:45 PM

Spelling policy requested

Queen Charlotte Islands Observer
School trustees have decided to turn to the Haida Education Council for guidance after receiving a request from the Skidegate Haida Immersion Program. The elders who attend the Skidegate program wrote to the school district last month, asking that it write a policy around standardizing the program's Haida orthography (spelling) for use at Sk'aadgaa Naay Elementary and Queen Charlotte Secondary schools.
  • Mar 27, 2012
  • 05:18 PM

April 1-7, 2012 Proclaimed Heritage Language Awareness Week

SitNews
Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council is proclaiming April 1-7, 2012 Heritage Language Awareness Week. It is estimated that only 175 Native languages remain in the United States, three of which are languages indigenous to the Ketchikan area: Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian also known as Lingít, Xaad Kíl, and Shmalgyax.
  • Mar 08, 2012
  • 09:39 PM

Senate Passes Bill to Protect Alaska Native Languages

Alaska Native News
The Alaska State Senate passed a bill on Tuesday aimed at protecting and restoring Alaska Native Languages. Senate Bill 130 will establish the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council to assess the state of Alaska Native Languages, reevaluate the programs within the state, and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature to establish new programs or reorganize the current programs.
  • Jul 17, 2011
  • 01:07 AM

New book and exhibition looks at retaining the Haida language

Alan S. Hale / BCLocalNews
The Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate is publishing the first book on the Haida language and the last of its fluent speakers as part of a larger exhibition on the subject. The hope is that the exhibition will eventually go on tour across the country, and help persuade younger members of the Haida First Nation to make a serious effort to reinvigorate an otherwise dying language.
  • Jun 11, 2011
  • 04:23 PM

Haida immersion coming to Tahayghen

Queen Charlotte Islands Observer
It looks like kindergarten students at Tahayghen will get the chance to learn much more Haida next year. School trustees voted last week (May 31) to go ahead with a partial Haida immersion program at Tahayghen for 2011-12. The program will see the kindergarten class conducted in Haida for two afternoons a week, allowing students to hear and speak much more of the Haida language than they would otherwise.

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