Community Vision

A vision statement allows the community to collectively identify hopes and dreams for its language. A community’s vision statement guides all language revitalization efforts.

Developing a vision statement can be a great way to bring community members together at the beginning of the language planning process. The statement ensures everyone starts the process from a shared understanding. Here are some suggested steps to guide the process. See Facilitation Methods for more ideas.

  1. Brainstorm ideas, key words and phrases for the vision statement: This might be done by hosting a community meeting, meeting with Elders or Knowledge Keepers, or discussing with the planning team or advisory committee.
    • Do not worry about writing the vision statement word-for-word at this point. The purpose is to gather information and suggestions from those in the community and/or planning team. These suggestions will be used to create the vision statement.
  2. Draft two or three example vision statements:
    • Draft a few versions of the community’s vision statement based on the information gathered from the brainstorming step.
    • Each statement is usually a sentence or two long. The community’s vision could also be described through a story, description or set of words.
    • The example vision statements could be in both the community’s language and in English.
  3. Host a community meeting and present the draft vision statements for input:
    • Invite community members to discuss which vision statement they like the best. Revise the statements as needed.
    • Edit the statements until there is agreement on how to express the community’s vision.