Selkirk offers Salish language course this fall, breaks ground on new gathering space

Selkirk College and the Salish School of Spokane are working together to deliver a Beginners n̓syilxčn̓ 1 (pronounced in-seel-h-chin) language course this fall. Students in the course will develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Salish. “This is such an important step for the college to support self-determination and language revitalization,” said Selkirk Director of Indigenous Education & Engagement Dianne Biin. The course is open to all learners with an interest in Salish language and culture, and Indigenous students can enroll in the course at no cost. Selkirk also recently broke ground on the Tenth Street Campus Indigenous Gathering Space at its Nelson campus. This Indigenous cultural gathering and ceremonial space will serve the community and provide Indigenous students with a place to practice cultural wellness and traditions, explore food sovereignty, and learn from Indigenous voices.

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