As politicians argue over pipelines and nuclear warfare, fear not. In many corners of the world, people are working tirelessly to learn land-based languages old as time, remembering, reawakening and revitalizing alternative ways forward.
Language is at the heart of any culture. It is more than just a set of words and rules. It defines the way you dream, think, communicate, understand the world– and your and everyone else's place in it.
The Haíłzaqv (Heiltsuk) are marine people. Our oral history confirms our existence in our territory since time immemorial. Archaeological evidence corroborates that my people have continuously lived in relationship to our lands and waters for at least 14,000 years, over 700 generations.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an historic apology on Monday in the House of Commons, more than 150 years in the making, exonerating six chiefs from the Tsilhqot'in Nation who were unjustly killed by a colonial government in British Columbia in 1864.