Economic Reconciliation: A Dialogue in the Squamish Language

Jul. 12, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. PDT

IPSS 2023 marked the first time a business conference will feature a panel entirely in the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim (Squamish language). Attendees had the option of tuning into real-time English interpretation provided by Vanessa Campbell, who has worked to revitalize the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language for decades.

The panelists spoke about the impact of colonization and residential schools on the Squamish Nation’s culture and language, in addition to the revitalization efforts underway and how they will impact the next generation. They discussed the importance of the Nation’s community and history, their relationship with the land and each other, and how economic reconciliation goes hand-in-hand with language and cultural revitalization.

Participants: Vanessa Campbell, Associate Editor, Skwx̱wú7mesh-English Dictionary, and Advisor, Squamish Language Program (interpreter),

Tsitsáyxemaat (Rebecca Duncan), Language Teacher/Translation Specialist, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw, and

Chief Ian Campbell, Hereditary Chief, Squamish Nation.

Sponsored by TELUS, with gratitude to Encore Canada for technical assistance.

Subtitles available in: English