• Educator / Public Speaker

    Khelsilem

  • About Khelsilem

    Biography

    About Khelsilem

    Khelsilem has worked in various organizations and communities on Indigenous language education.

     

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    Speaking + Consulting

    Invited Speaker

    Khelsilem has experience speaking at events, conferences, symposiums, or consulting with communities on Indigenous language education.

     

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    CV

    A history of his work.

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    Store

    Artist Store

    Khelsilem is an artist who sells his artwork to collectors, companies, and organizations.

     

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    Contact Me

    Drop him a line.

    You can connect with Khelsilem through his website or email him directly.

     

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  • Media

    A selection of media pieces featuring Khelsilem.

    CBC

    "Skwomesh language revitalized by First Nation youth through DIY immersion"

    by Duncan McCue, Feb 2015

     

     

    A trio of 20-somethings is carving pot roast, in a typical-looking kitchen in a typical-looking apartment in North Vancouver.

     

    But conversation here is unlike anywhere else in the world.

     

    "A stl'i7 u kwi stak̲w?" asks Khelsilem, as he heaps potatoes on a plate for his sister, Jaymyn La Valle.

     

    "En stl'i7 kwi stak̲w," replies Joshua Watts — pointing to a water glass.

     

     

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    North Shore News

    "A house for language: Squamish immersion program inspired by dream of elders"

    by Brent Richter, Feb 2014

     

     

    It started with a dream in his teen years.

    Khelsilem, the Squamish Nation activist, was visited by his elders, speaking to him in their traditional language.

     

    As a child growing up on the Xwmelch’sten (Capilano 5) Reserve and Eslhá7an (Mission) Reserve, he had some exposure to the language — mainly words that had ceremonial or cultural significance — but no sustained study or conversation. Yet in the dream, he understood everything the elders said to him.

     

     

     

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    Pique Newspaper

    "Tribal Journeys Reclaiming the Squamish Nation's canoe culture"

    by Cathryn Atkinson, Aug 2014

     

    Picking up speed, two dugout canoes sliced through the water past the log sort on the Mamquam Blind Channel in Squamish and into Howe Sound. It was the start of an adventure of a lifetime.

     

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    And a few others:

    "Young indigenous leaders: 5 under 30 to watch in 2015"

    Chantelle Bellrichard, CBC, Jan 2015

    "According to 2014 data, there are only seven fluent speakers of Squamish Nation’s language in B.C. Khelsilem is dedicated to keeping it from going extinct. He’s nearly fluent now, but says it will take a lot more people to reverse the decline. "

     

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  • Contact Me

    Feel free to send him an email!