Dr. Daisy Rosenblum and Dr. Mark Turin : Two FNEL Recipients of the Community-University Engagement Support Fund

Two FNEL professors were recipients of this year’s Community-University Engagement Support (CUES) fund. Congratulations to Dr. Daisy Rosenblum and Dr. Mark Turin.


Hiłamas (T.K.) Henderson speaks to youth of Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw School and Eke Me-Xi School about clam digging at Cluxewe beach on north Vancouver Island. Photo provided by the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation, which received Implementation funding for a project with UBC’s First Nations and Endangered Languages Program.

Kank’otłaxan’s awi’nagwis (Knowing our Land): A clam film and knowledge mobilization project in the Gwa’sala – ‘Nakwaxda’xw community

Community Partner: Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation
(Erin Latham, Coordinator, Lands and Resources Office)

UBC Partner: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (Daisy Rosenblum, Assistant Professor)

Additional Partners: Our World

Implementation funding was awarded to the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation to support Kank’otłaxan’s awi’nagwis (Knowing our Land), a series of films documenting language and Elders’ traditional ecological knowledge. The films will be co-produced by secondary students at the Eke Me-Xi high school under the mentorship of Our World and an Our World Film Workshop student alumni, to be shared within and beyond the community.


The Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre received CUES Bridge funding for its partnership with UBC’s First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. Photo shows Shirley Windsor (left) and Liz Brown in the Bella Bella Community School Library in June 2017. Photo provided by Annie Guerin

Uplifting Voices – Heiltsuk Language Revitalization and Resurgence

Community Partner: Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre
(Jennifer Carpenter, Culture and Heritage Manager)

UBC Partner: First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies (Mark Turin, Program Chair and Acting Co-Director)

Additional Partners: Bella Bella Community School

Bridge funding was awarded to a longstanding partnership between the Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre, Bella Bella Community School, and UBC’s First Nations and Endangered Languages Program. The three partners work collaboratively to create new opportunities for speaking, writing and reading the Indigenous and endangered Heiltsuk language. Bridge funding will sustain this work over the next year while partners co-develop applications for new funding opportunities.

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