Animal Names

A first language holds traditions, culture, scientific and ecological knowledge – and so much more. The life of a language is critical to all Nations. We created first language books with a number of nations on Vancouver Island. Some of them included audio of an elder reading the book. Why create something so customized as this? The children that are pictured on the pages or helped draw illustrations are more invested in the book and the language learning – the books became their books. These children sure have grown since we produced these but hopefully their special books starring them still holds a place in their lives. . It was a pleasure to work with the Esquimalt Nation to create this book.
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