Were being you at all anxious about the concept of immersing on your own in it? Was it outdoors of your comfort zone?
I’m nervous and thrilled about staying equipped to embark on my personal language-finding out journey this yr. When performing on Voices on the Rise for the past 5 several years, I’ve been in a position to witness and aid share tales about men and women undertaking this sort of extraordinary perform revitalizing and stabilizing Indigenous languages, in their families and communities, in so a lot of distinctive ways. It is been actually inspiring. I wasn’t in a position to carve out the time in my very own everyday living to aim on it in the strategies that I needed to.
Final tumble I created a motivation to making the time this calendar year, so I’ll be undertaking a Mentor / Apprentice method with one of my language mentors and we’ll be investing 100 hrs in complete language immersion this summer time and slide. We’ve worked together for a handful of a long time in a language group at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, so we have a strong relationship, but there is unquestionably some distress with learning a new language. The layers of trauma all around reclaiming one thing that was deliberately and violently taken from your family members are present, but the pleasure of talking and laughing with my language mentor will make it all worthwhile.