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.