It’s about the oldest languages on this land – how they were almost lost and how they’re being revitalized.
Living Languages: First Peoples Voices in B.C. is a travelling exhibition set to be featured at Port Moody Station Museum as part of Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum is slated to welcome guests to discuss what different Indigenous communities are doing to help their languages survive and flourish, according to a release.
The exhibition is meant to celebrate: “the resilience and diversity of First Nations languages in the face of change,” according to a statement from the Royal B.C. Museum.
The exhibition is part of a day of events beginning with a morning of Bannock and tea at the Mossom Creek Hatchery & Education Centre.
Following tea, Port Moody library is set to host Stand Like a Cedar StoryWalk.
The event is set to feature a walk through Pioneer Park with insights provided by Nicola L. Campbell’s book Stand Like a Cedar.
The children’s book chronicles a journey of discovery through the wilderness with lessons, inviting the reader to: “Learn the names of animals in the Nłe7kepmxcín or Halq’emeylem languages as well as the teachings they have for us,” according to the publisher.
The library is also hosting storytime with Kung Jaadee (Roberta Kennedy).
The author and educator tells both stories from her own life as well as traditional Haida legends.
PoMoArts is also slated to invite residents to make “reconciliation commitments” through the creation of a collaborative artwork, according to the release.