Antoinette Archie


Language: Secwepemctsín
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Home: Canim Lake
Years Working Towards Language Revitalization: 25+

Antoinette Archie is a highly respected Elder in the Canim Lake community, and one of the few individuals who is fluent in speaking and writing the Shuswap Language. Toni is a forward-thinker and she is always planning ways to interest the community in learning their language.

Toni has been involved in many activities, including the language immersion summer camps for the children in the community, the production of the Legends DVD, and the development of learning resources and teaching units for School District #27. She is developing new education units on a continual basis and the culture of the Shuswap people is integrated into all of the activities. She has taught adult classes within the community and has been instrumental in developing tapes that will be digitized onto CD's and delivered to each family in the community.

Toni's delightful sense of fun and humour make her elementary school classroom a warm, welcoming place to be. She works with the language committee for the Northern Shuswap Bands to monitor and plan language revitalization efforts.

Antoinette has her Bachelor of Education Degree from Gonzaga University and her B.A. in Linguistics from Simon Fraser University.

She is currently being encouraged to develop the Mac Books of cultural activities and Elder stories in the Shuswap Language with the children. The first example will be shared at the Languages Conference (workshop sessions 1A and 2A) when we bring the pictures and the language from our Gustafson Lake cultural fishing day. We have applied for a Literacy Now grant to produce 40 books for our community.

Nominated by Barb MacLeod