New program will help teach, revive Michif language in Fort St. John

Peace non-profits split $46,600 from latest Site C funding round

A new cultural program aimed at teaching and reviving the Michif language of the Métis people launches next week in Fort St. John.

The Fort St. John Métis Society is among five non-profit groups to split $46,600 in grants from BC Hydro's Generating Opportunities Fund, established in tandem with Site C construction on the Peace River.

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The Michif language is a mix of Cree and French. In 2016, 1,170 people reported speaking Michif well enough to conduct a conversation, according to Statistics Canada, and those speakers were mostly found in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

The language program begins Jan. 9, and runs every Thursday evening through March at the Indigenous Education Center in Grandhaven. The program will teach syllabics, words to songs, and short greetings, as well as the names of animals, people, and food.

"We are looking for parents and students ... who are interested in reviving the Michif Language, to pass down to their grandchildren, great grandchildren," the Métis Society said in a call for participants.

The latest round of GO Fund grants issued in December have been awarded to:

  • Fort St. John Métis Society for a new cultural program that teaches the Michif language, trapping techniques and connecting with Métis elders;

  • Fort St. John Association for Community Living for transportation upgrades;

  • Fort St John Literacy Society for its Dolly Parton Imagination Library program and a new nutritional literacy program;

  • Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre Society for its Healthier Families Through Food program; and

  • Fort St. John Public Library Association for its CLICK program, which provides free individual computer lessons.

The GO funding program sets aside $100,000 per year for eight years for non-profit agencies in communities impacted by Site C. 

BC Hydro says the program has granted $437,691 to 49 projects since it was started in September 2016. 

Past recipients include:

June 2019

  •   North Peace Family SuperPark Society

  •   North Peace Justice Society

  •   Peace Passage Skating Club

  •   Fort St. John Women's Resource Society

  •   North Peace Gymnastics Association

  •   Fort St. John Literacy Society

  •   Hudson's Hope Fall Fair Society

  •   Community Bridge

March 2019

  • BC SPCA

  • Fort St. John & Area Senior’s Care Foundation

  • Northern British Columbia Volleyball Club

December 2018

  • Chetwynd Social Planning Society

 

September 2018

 

  • Fort St. John Literacy Society

July 2018

  • Northern Environmental Action Team

  • Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society

  • North Peace Cultural Society

  • Fort St. John Association for Community Living

  • Hudson’s Hope Public Library Association

  • Chetwynd Public Library Association

  • North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation

March 2018

  • Fort St. John and District Palliative Care Society

  • Fort St. John and District Hospital Foundation

  • North Peace Justice Society

  • Fort St. John and Area Senior's Care Foundation

  • Josh Lequiere Society

September 2017

  • Tansi Friendship Centre Society

  • Fort St. John Public Library Association

  • Fort St. John and District Hospital Foundation

  • Chetwynd Seniors Citizen Housing Society

June 2017

  • Tansi Friendship Centre Society

  • Chetwynd Community Arts Council

April 2017

  • Hudson’s Hope Healthcare and Housing Society

  • Chetwynd Public Library

  • Fort St. John Literacy Society

  • Hudson’s Hope Lions Club

  • Northern Environment Action Team

  • North Peace Out of School Childcare Society

December 2016

  • Fort St. John & District Palliative Care Society

  • Peace Arts Gallery Society

  • Fort St. John Public Library Association

  • Fort St. John Women's Resource Society

  • CDC Society in Fort St. John

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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