Have been you at all nervous about the strategy of immersing oneself in it? Was it outside of your ease and comfort zone?
I’m nervous and energized about becoming equipped to embark on my have language-mastering journey this yr. Although functioning on Voices on the Rise for the past 5 yrs, I have been in a position to witness and enable share stories about people undertaking these types of amazing do the job revitalizing and stabilizing Indigenous languages, in their households and communities, in so numerous distinct methods. It is been truly inspiring. I was not ready to carve out the time in my have lifestyle to concentration on it in the strategies that I required to.
Past drop I produced a commitment to producing the time this 12 months, so I’ll be executing a Mentor / Apprentice system with just one of my language mentors and we’ll be paying 100 hours in entire language immersion this summer time and slide. We have worked alongside one another for a couple of several years in a language group at the Victoria Indigenous Friendship Centre, so we have a powerful partnership, but there is certainly some irritation with learning a new language. The levels of trauma all around reclaiming one thing that was intentionally and violently taken from your spouse and children are present, but the joy of talking and laughing with my language mentor helps make it all worthwhile.