Strategic Planning Steps and
In order to develop an effective local strategy for the
retention and revitalization of an Aboriginal language, a number of basic
planning steps must take place and a number of basic strategic questions must
be addressed. These questions should be posed during a community planning
session. Even if the planning group is small, a strategic plan can be developed
The first step is
to assess the status of the language within your community and the region you
live in. The questions that need to be asked in this regard are:
- Is the traditional language of
this area flourishing, enduring, declining, obsolete, or extinct? (Use the
Language Assessment Chart provided in this manual)
- In what situations is the
traditional language still used as the primary language home, community
events, meetings, on the land, etc.?
- In what situations is English
used as the primary language? What programs and/or services are already being
provided in the traditional language?
- Are there local policies in
place to support and encourage greater use of the traditional
- What are the local attitudes
toward the traditional language?
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