Coordinator, Musqueam Language and Culture Department

In her role as Coordinator for the Musqueam Language and Culture Department (2007-present), Jill works closely with the MIB Language and Culture team, and with UBC’s First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (FNEL) to develop programing and resource materials that support and enhance hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language revitalization.

Prior to working within Musqueam Administration, Jill served in FNEL for 10 years as co-instructor for all levels of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ courses that are offered through the program. As a member of the FNEL team she also had the opportunity to work under the terms of a collaborative partnership between Musqueam Indian Band and the UBC FNEL Program to participate in the development of course materials that are used in the set of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language courses offered through the FNEL Program. As part of this experience, she had the further opportunity to build on what she had already learned while working as a homemaker for Musqueam Elders while she was a young mother in her twenties.

She is thankful for all of the valuable opportunities she has had to work with Musqueam Elders, to learn hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, and for the opportunities to collaborate broadly toward its revitalization.