Every language deserves to flourish.

Learn about Simbi Foundation’s work in British Columbia.

The Simbi Foundation team presenting the pilot technology kit and digital Halq’eméylem library to Squiala Elementary School teachers in April, 2022.
Simbi Foundation‘s HQ is situated on the colonized lands of the of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. To find out what ancestral territory you’re located on, visit native-land.ca.

Beginnings

In January 2021, we began our journey by welcoming Jade Victor — a Stó:lō researcher and Master’s student with a focus on education and decolonization — onto our team to help us approach this work in a new way; one that was decolonial, free of our own existing presumptions, and built on trusting relationships from the very first step. Jade guided us towards establishing connections with communities and taking the time to learn from community members about ways in which Simbi Foundation could meaningfully and respectfully support their educational goals and programs through technology.

The Simbi Foundation team presenting the pilot technology kit and digital Halq’eméylem library to Squiala Elementary School teachers in September, 2022.
A screenshot of one of the many digital Halq’eméylem books hosted on Simbi. Click here to read now!

Collaboration with Squiala Elementary School

Our Simbi Foundation team orienting teachers on how to access the Halq’eméylem library using the tablets included in their pilot technology kit in September, 2022.
The pilot technology kit for Squiala Elementary. It can store and charge up to 30 tablets at once.

A New Collaboration: Nawalakw Healing Society

From our work at Squiala Elementary School, we were inspired to grow the project and try to support other language learning initiatives using a similar approach. In early 2022, we began an exciting collaboration with Nawalakw Healing Society, an organisation based between Bond Sound and Alert Bay in Kwakwaka’wakw territory which provides culture, language, and healing programming to its peoples and youth.

Thank You!

Simbi Foundation is honoured to have collaborated with Indigenous communities in British Columbia to support the language-learning initiatives in community schools and learning spaces through reading technology and software tools. We are excited to continue these collaborations and relationships, and to continue growing the Halq’eméylem and Kwak̓wala language libraries with more books and narrations, creating more digital spaces for learners to engage with their ancestral languages through technology.

The colonized lands of the of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, otherwise known as Vancouver.

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