What’s in a Language Revitalization Plan

A language revitalization plan includes the following parts:

Spring (Pre-planning)

Values: A set of clear values that ground the language plan in important cultural teachings. Values guide the plan’s priorities and the way work is done.

Language profile: An overview of the language situation in the community.

Summer (Planning)

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.

Autumn (Pre-implementation)

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.

Winter (Implementation)

Community endorsement: Approval or review from the community and/or leadership.

Reflections: Thoughts on the language planning process, its outcomes and lessons learned that can shape future planning.

Celebration: A community event to mark this important milestone, the end of a planning cycle.

Once the spring, summer and autumn parts of the planning cycle have been completed, the final outcome could look something like this:

Our Vision
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 languageStart a Mentor-Apprentice cohort with three teams and add three new teams each yearSecure 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 communityDevelop a resource library for in-person and online useCreate 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 onlineCreate 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 siteSecure 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