A language revitalization plan includes the following parts:
Vision statement: A bold, yet realistic picture of the community’s future language situation; the hopes and dreams the people have for their language. A powerful vision statement is simple and concise.
Goals: Broad results the community wants to achieve in order to make its vision a reality.
Strategies: Approaches the community will use to achieve its goals.
Actions: Specific steps the community will take to implement each strategy.
Indicators: How the community will measure the impacts of the plan and assess progress towards its goals.
Year-by-year summary: An outline of which actions will happen each year.
Implementation plan: Identification of who is responsible for each action, with tasks that break each action into more detailed steps.
Budget: Detailed outline of how much it will cost to implement each action and the total cost to implement the language plan.
Monitoring and evaluation plan: A plan to assess progress towards meeting the goals and note what is working well and what needs to be adjusted.
Once the spring, summer and autumn parts of the planning cycle have been completed, the final outcome could look something like this:
|Our community members are learning our language and passing it on to future generations.|
|Our Language Planning Values|
|Community / culturally driven; Honours our Elders / fluent speakers; Honest; Respectful; Inclusive; Accessible|
|Young adults, including young parents, are learning the language||Start a Mentor-Apprentice cohort with three teams and add three new teams each year||Secure funding|
Designate administrator to coordinate program
Post advertisement for teams
Recruit fluent speakers to be mentors
|The number of young adults that have done intensive language learning and achieved novice-high or intermediate-low proficiency levels|
Feedback from Mentor-Apprentice participants on how the program has impacted their lives
|Existing language resources are accessible to the whole community||Develop a resource library for in-person and online use||Create inventory of all resources|
Set up reading room in band office to store resources and create a lending program
Make copies of resources for sharing
Add language section to website and upload digital resources
|The development of a dedicated space in the band office and on our website for all language resources|
The number of language resources available to all community members
|Digitize existing language resources for sharing online||Create inventory of resources that need to be digitized|
Secure funding and training – hire digitization tech to digitize resources
|The total number of hours of digitized language recordings|
Recordings made available on FirstVoices
|Start a FirstVoices.com language site||Secure funding and training|
Create a FirstVoices team, including coordinator and technician to develop language site
Upload current wordlist to site; begin adding words from other resources
|Number of entries on FirstVoices language site|