Monday, January 21, 2013


I was at a presentation recently, and the main speaker introduced herself with a few words from the Squamish language before beginning her talk. I was struck by the power of being able to say a few words in her own heritage language and thought that I would like to be able to do the same thing. I think it shows a sense of reclaiming your past and bringing that into your present cultural identity.

So for me, maybe I need to begin my presentations with

"Kwe'  (gway). Ni'n-teluisi  (neen-dell-who-easy) Gordon Powell..."