SKITGATE HAIDA IMMERSION PROGRAM
The Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP) has been documenting Elders and their language since 1998. It is their mission to codify a language that is dying, so that all Haidas can remain true Haidas for generations to come. The Elders that participate in this program, are working with us to translate and help with pronunciation of the Haida Language for The Girl Who Talks to the Moon. Documenting Elders and their language since 1998. It is an honour to work with this program and these Elders, many of whom are from Producer Heather Hatch’s Clan “Raven and the Moon”, in K’unna Village. It is an honour to work with this program and these Elders,
One of 0ur missions To Strengthen the Haida Culture and Language– S.H.I.P
Harmony is an Ambassador of the Haida nation and she has something very special to share with all Canadian children.
In the mid to late 1800s, the Haida population was devastated by a smallpox epidemic stemming from blankets given to them by the Europeans colonizers. This, combined with the legacy of the residential schools, has left the nation with only twenty-two fluent Haida speakers. The Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (SHIP) was opened in 1998 to sustain and revive the Haida language for future generations as the language is tied to their values, land and a uniquely Haida way of viewing the world. Tied to their values, land and a uniquely Haida way of viewing the world. Our show will work with the SHIP program in accordance with their mission. The show highlights the most important value for the Haida people: respect. Respect for the land, sea, air, and for food, elders, others and yourself. These values are important for children to understand and will help them have a positive attitude about themselves and for others. It will help them solve their inner conflicts as a child, all while having fun. Respect for the land, sea, air, and for food, elders, others and yourself.http://www.skidegate.ca/Pages/programs/ship.html
“The Skidegate Haida Immersion Program is an education- based establishment dedicated to the sustenance and revival of the Haida Language. The language us a vital part of the Haida Culture and must be kept for future generations, This is done through stories, translations, place names, recording and many other methods used to sustain the language.” used to sustain the language.
Consulting with the Elders at the Skidegate Haida Immersion program was a wonderful blessing. Their commitment to the preservation of the language comes from a place of genuine love for their language, their ancestors and future generations. Language as part of a culture is more than learning the words, it is a way of understanding how to think- this is why preserving the language is preserving the culture. Girl who talks to the moon teaches the Haida language because it believes in the Ships missions statement which “ is to sustain and revive the Haida language for future generations.” sustain and revive the Haida language for future generations.