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British Columbia

PWRDF Development Project

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The Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) Language & Culture Program (NLCP) supports community initiatives that contribute to the preservation of the NCN language and culture. A total of 94 resource items have been developed as a direct result of NLCP funding. The “I want to learn the Nuu-chah-nulth Language” Facebook page has 1,300 members. There are 600 active adult learners of the Nuu-chah-nulth language and more than 12,500 indirect learners. The resources developed through the project have been celebrated and showcased by the 14 communities. Most of the previously funded projects have captured and documented the language and culture for future generations to share. Many of the CDs, DVDs and books are preserving the NCN language and enhancing cultural knowledge and retention. 75% of the projects funded to date are built upon previous preservation initiatives.

In 2017 a program designed to provide youth the opportunity to break these cycles and become self-sufficient has been implemented by the NEDC (Nuu-chah-nutlh Economic Development Corporation from BC), and supported by PWRDF. The Indigenous Youth Business Strategy program provides access to a loan fund to help Indigenous youth start a business, experience success, create job(s) and develop wealth.

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