Faculty Profile - Sara Child

Sara Child

Sara Child

Faculty, Researcher

Adult Basic Education, Humanities & Social Sciences

Master of Education Indigenous Language Revitalization (UVic, 2017)

Subjects: Early Childhood Education, English, Human Service Worker, Kwak'wala Language
Port Hardy Campus 250-949-7912 ext. 2841 | Location PH

Sara Child is passionate about language revitalization and reconciliation. She developed NIC’s Introduction to Kwak’wala language courses to bring the language of life into the community. In 2017, she completed a year-long research project gathering knowledge from Indigenous Elders on the North Island and exploring Kwak’wala leadership language and concepts. This research was used in a youth leadership framework, which Sara completed as part of her Master’s in Indigenous Language Revitalization.

“Exploring leadership through the language and a localized lens is vitally important,” said Child. “Our languages encode the values, beliefs and codes of conduct that guide us to live our lives in wellness. Restoration of our language will help to restore relationships that were built upon firm foundations of respect, reciprocity, responsibility and reverence for the natural world, people, places and the land.”

Sara is also an instructor in NIC's Awi'nakola land-based ABE program being offered at Mount Waddington; this pilot ABE program sprung out of the Truth and Reconciliation talks of Mount Waddington staff. Sara is very proud to be a part of this ABE program that brings together students and staff in a holistic learning environment, draws on local elders, culture, language and student strengths and is a response to the calls to action of TRC.

Master of Education Indigenous Language Revitalization (UVic, 2017)

Professional Teaching Certification

Member BC College of Teachers

Bachelor of General Studies, Simon Fraser University

Minor Early Childhood Education

Minor Environmental Education

Certificate Aboriginal Language Revitalization

Post Graduate Certificate Indigenous Language Revitalization

Diploma Massage Therapy, West Coast College of Massage

ENG-013 Fundamental English Level I

ENG-014 Fundamental English Level 2

ENG-015 Fundamental English Level 3

ENG-025 Fundamental English Level 4

ENG-026 Fundamental English Level 5

ENG-027 Fundamental English Level 6

ENG-035 Intermediate English

ENG-052 Advanced English

ENG-098 Technical And Academic Writing And Critical Analysis

HSW-130 Ed Assist in Cross-Cultural Classroom

HSW-132 Cross-Cultural Social Analysis

HSW-137 Sup Strat for Skills Dev Cross-Cultural

HSW-164 Foundations of Community Support

HSW-167 Support Strategies for Skill Development

HSW-170 Education Assistant/Community Support Practice Experience I

HSW-174 Human Service Practice Exp II

HSW-190 Education Assistant in the Classroom

KWA-096 Introduction to Kwak'wala

KWA-097 Introduction to Kwak'wala II

  • Master of Education Indigenous Language Revitalization 2017:

    The Masters program, at the University of Victoria, brought together Indigenous students from across Canada to explore the importance of Indigenous Language Revitalization to wellness of Indigenous nations and reconciliation.

  •  Instructor, Indigenous Education Assistant Training Program, January 2015 to December 2017:

    I was honored to be given the responsibility of Indigenizing the program offered at the Mount Waddington Campus.  Indigenization of the program was challenging, rewarding and exciting. 

  •  Curriculum Development, Instructor Introductory Kwak'wala, January 2014, current:

    I was responsible for the development and introduction of two ABE Kwak'wala courses and have been teaching Kwak'wala at Mount Waddington Campus with the support of fluent speakers for three years.

  • Proposal Development, Funding Acquisition, Collaboration:

    For the past 25+ years I have written proposals and been responsible for funding acquisition of numerous training programs and language revitalization projects and been an advocate for greater collaboration.


  • Program recruiter, coordinator, Bachelor of Education Indigenous Language Revitalization 2010 to 2014

    I was local community coordinator for this bachelor degree that was offered in partnership with the  KwaKwaka'wakw First Nations, University of Victoria and North Island College.

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