Ruth D’Hollander

Aboriginal Neighbours
Victoria, British Columbia
Diocese of British Columbia

I am member of Aboriginal Neighbours and, as a meaningful step towards reconciliation and in response to the TRC Call to Action #62, Section ii, I initiated a project called the “Revitalization of Living Indigenous Languages: a Gift for Future Generations” to be administered by the First Peoples Cultural Council (FPCC). This project seeks funding to support Mentor-Apprentice Program teams in which a fluent speaker (an elder) teaches the language and cultural knowledge to a young adult with the expectation that the learning will be passed on to the next generation. I found out about the Anglican Foundation’s Catholic Apostolic Universal Church Trust Fund from a member of the clergy in our diocese. It is with much gratitude that Aboriginal Neighbours acknowledges multiple grants that have supported Mentor-Apprentice teaching-learning teams in the Nuu chah nulth and Kwakwala languages on Vancouver Island—truly a gesture of reconciliation and a gift to future generations.