ÍY SȻÁĆEL, Gilakas'la, Ha7lh Skwáyel, tânisi (greetings),
 
Thank you for your interest in the NEȾOLṈEW̱ project. We are a group of Indigenous communities and Indigenous researchers from the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University, aiming to strengthen Indigenous languages in Canada. We are working together to understand better what helps language learners be successful in becoming new speakers of their language. As a part of the project, we are creating a website, www.netolnew.ca. This website will include both a public part and a password-protected part which will be only accessible to communities who are engaged in language work.
 
The name of our project, NEȾOLṈEW̱, is a SENĆOŦEN word, meaning 'one mind, one people'. This name was shared with us to reflect the spirit of our research project and approach, and to acknowledge that our project is based from within the territory of the SENĆOŦEN speaking people. 
 
This survey is an invitation for you to share your language story with us, and tell us about what you have done and learned in your community. We are hoping that by sharing your story, you can help other communities in a similar language situation who are trying to strengthen their language. The more you can share with us, the more you may help other communities. How much you choose to share with us is up to you. The information we are asking you to share in this questionnaire could be shared on the public part of the website, where anyone who is interested in language work can see it. Please then only share with us information you are comfortable sharing publicly.
 
In the future, if you agree, we may contact you again and ask you to share with us more information. This further information may be less public and your answers combined with others information so that your community cannot be identified.
 
Our project is scheduled to continue until 2020, but the website will remain indefinitely. Because of this, we may not be able to remove information you share with us if you change your mind in the future. Please only share information with us you are comfortable sharing. You are welcome to leave any question blank that you are not comfortable sharing about.
 
If you want to learn more about the NEȾOLṈEW̱ project or about this questionnaire before you agree to share your information with us, please contact survey@netolnew.ca.

 

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