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Vernon museum to host Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC travelling exhibition – Castanet

Oct 23, 2023

Indigenous languages will be coming to life at the Museum and Archives of Vernon.

The Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC travelling exhibition opens at the museum Oct. 26.

Participants might find themselves expanding their vocabulary and appreciating the state of Indigenous languages spoken in BC after visiting the Museum & Archives of Vernon.

Attendees can learn what First Nations communities throughout the province are doing to help 34 different languages survive and flourish, in Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC, a beautifully designed exhibition from the Royal BC Museum and First Peoples’ Cultural Council that celebrates the resilience and diversity of Indigenous languages in the face of change.

“We are thrilled to be hosting this exhibit until May of 2024,” says Gwyneth Evans, the MAV’s head of archives. “We are especially interested in enhancing the exhibit even further through the inclusion of a closer look at nsyilxc?n, the language of the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation, on whose traditional, ancestral and unceded territory the MAV is located.”

Languages are powerful and potent markers of identity and culture. BC, one of the planet’s most linguistically diverse regions, is known as a linguistic “hotspot” because of the diversity and vitality of the First Nations languages.

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