Métis Nation British Columbia Métis Languages in BC Vitality Survey achieves 1,000 respondents

Surrey, BC (November 8, 2021) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is excited to share that to date over 1,000 Métis have responded to MNBC’s Métis Languages in BC Vitality Survey. The survey, created in collaboration with a cohort of Métis language speakers, leaners, and knowledge carriers, is the first of its kind to gather information on the status of Métis languages in BC.

“I am incredibly proud of the work being undertaken at MNBC through our Ministry of Culture, Language and Heritage,” says Patrick Harriott, MNBC Minister of Culture, Language and Heritage. “We know that this survey will help tremendously in understanding what the needs of Citizens are, and what our Nation’s priorities should be, in the revitalization of Métis languages especially Michif. The time with our fluent Métis-language speakers is not as long as we’d hope, so it is urgent that, through this survey, we develop an action plan which will result in producing new speakers and ensure the longevity of our languages.”

The survey is also gathering information on the current resources available to support language learning as well as the learning interests of Métis people in BC. The information gathered from the survey will be used to inform future Métis language learning initiatives developed by MNBC.

Métis individuals interested in responding to the survey have until November 30, 2021, to complete the survey and will be entered into a draw for an iPad. You can access the survey here: https://mnbc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dlAMpG9Oegxbnw