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Our Living Languages

Indigenous languages featured in interactive exhibition at the Hudson’s Hope Museum

Hudson’s Hope, BC – How many of us in BC can say “hello” in the language of the people on whose traditional territory we live, work and play?

You might find yourself expanding your vocabulary—and appreciation for the state of Indigenous languages spoken in BC—after visiting the Hudsons Hope Museum, view the Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC travelling exhibition.

Learn what First Nations communities throughout the province are doing to help 34 different languages survive and flourish, in Our Living Languages, a beautifully designed exhibition from the Royal BC Museum and First Peoples’ Cultural Council that celebrates the resilience and diversity of Indigenous languages in the face of change.

Languages, especially the languages we grow up with, are powerful and potent markers of identity and culture. BC, one of the planet’s most linguistically diverse regions, is known as a linguistic “hotspot” because of the diversity and vitality of the First Nations languages in BC.

Through interactive stations, video and audio, Our Living Languages First Peoples’ Voices in BC provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the history of disrupted languages in BC, the complexity of these languages, and the people–and entire communities–that are working tirelessly to document and revitalize them.

The original exhibition of the same name was developed in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and was displayed at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria before being adapted and developed as a travelling exhibition to be enjoyed by people throughout the province.

The exhibition can be experienced at the Hudsons Hope Museum until March, 2023

About the Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum explores the province’s human history and natural history, advances new knowledge and understanding of BC, and provides a dynamic forum for discussion and a place for reflection. The museum and archives celebrate culture and history, telling the stories of BC in ways that enlighten, stimulate and inspire. Located in Victoria on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen (Songhees and Xwsepsum Nations), we are a hub of community connections in BC–onsite, offsite and online–taking pride in our collective histories.

About the First Peoples Cultural Council
The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a provincial Crown Corporation created by British Columbia legislation in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture program, with a mandate to assist BC First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures. Since its inception, the FPCC has distributed over $25 million to First Nations communities in BC for language, arts and culture projects.

Media contact:
Royal BC Museum Media Inquiries

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