Working with our elder late Josephine Good

At home in Nanaimo, June 15, 2013 (KB)

Our language teacher is Mrs. Josephine Good. Her native name is Laha. She lives at Snuneymuxw First Nation, in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She was born on July 14, 1914, in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia. The language she speaks is called Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓. This is the dialect that is spoken in the Lower Mainland in the vicinity of Vancouver. We enjoy studying Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ with her and we hope you will too.

Credits and Thanks

Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language expertise and voiceJosephine Good. hay čxʷ q’ə siʔem̓.
Hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ translation:Josephine Good, Barb Joe, Donna Gerdts
Story preparationBarb Joe, Donna Gerdts, Charles Ulrich
Interviewers for this projectDonna Gerdts, Barb Joe, Victor Guerin, Dustin Rivers, Delores Louie, Kevin Baetscher, Thomas Jones, Debbie Miller, Charles Ulrich, Elena Barreiro
TranscriptionsDonna Gerdts, Mercedes Hinkson, Barb Joe
ProofreadingDelores Louie, Ruby Peter, Mercedes Hinkson, Barb Joe, Kevin Baetscher, Victor Guerin
Editing, sound recording & editingDonna Gerdts
Editor’s RAKaitlyn Cunningham
Website programming, data management, sound editingBill Poser, Michelle Parent
FundingSocial Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Partnership Grant and Insight Grant), Tsawwassen First Nation, Katzie First Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Administration and GovernanceMarianne Ignace, Chrystalynn Gurniak, Debbie Miller, Gabe George, Rita Parmar, Mark Campbell, Anna Wyse

Also thanks to Josephine’s family, helpers and Geraldine Manson for facilitating and monitoring visits.

hay ce:p q’ə, si:ʔem̓

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