Secwépemc (Shuswap) Language Course

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Secwépemc (Shuswap) Language Course

January 15, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - February 26, 2024 @ 7:30 pm


“The language of the Secwepemc people is known as Secwepemctsín. Secwepemctsín comes from the land and is a reflection of Secwepemc identity. It serves as a translation key to everything relating to the Secwepemc.” (Secwepemc Strong, 2023)

Linguists describe Secwepemctsín as one of the Interior Salish languages of the large Salishan language family. Like many Indigenous languages, Secwepemctsín is an oral language, meaning that it does not have its own writing system though there are those who have worked on it over the past decades.

Secwepemctsín consists of 43 consonants and 5 vowels. Many of these sounds are not found in the English language. The language meaning and pronunciation varies throughout Secwepemcúlecw as there are three dialects.” (reference page)

This course focuses on the Eastern Dialect of the Secwépemc (Shuswap) Language. This includes Land within the geographic boundaries of (at least) School Districts 6, 8, 10, 20, 19, 22, 23, 51, 58, 67, 73, 74 and 83 in British Columbia.

When? 6 x 90 minute sessions on Zoom on Mondays at 6:00pm Pacific / 7:00pm Mountain: Jan 15, 22, 29 / Feb 5, 12, 26

Cost: Early Bird Rate: $150 until Nov 30 ($25/session).

FREE for Secwépemc people: Use the following coupon code at checkout: CV6ET56J

Bonus! All registrants will receive a link to the recordings, along with a $25 coupon to access excellent Indigenous Learning Resources

Session topics include: 

  • Secwépemc Stories
  • Greetings & Family
  • Numbers & days of the week/months
  • Places
  • Animals
  • Plants
  • Colours

Language Instructor: Roxanne Iswell Sampson

I was raised on Adams Lake Reserve for half of my childhood where I attended chief atahm when it was full immersion. I have had one of the best role models and teachers help guide me into the teacher I have become.

My most proudest moment is when I helped little fawn nursery in kamloops go from 15% immersion to 75% immersion.

I have worked with people of all ages teaching from babies to elders. My best quality is knowing everyone learns a different way and I adapt well to my students.

My goal is to reconcile our people with our language and culture.

Opening and Blessing: Chief Mike Archie

Chief Mike Archie is a Cultural Advisor for the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council, focusing on finding ways to revitalize language and culture, promote reconciliation among the four bands, and finding ways to bring the youth and Elders together. In 2006 he was elected chief serving three terms until 2018.


January 15, 2024 @ 6:00 pm
February 26, 2024 @ 7:30 pm




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Early Bird Registration - Secwépemc Language Course
$ 175.00 $ 150.00