We are Resilient – PAFNW Language Program: Stories of Change During COVID-19


FPCC is proud to share the creative ways communities and individuals are changing their projects during COVID-19. This series features stories about how creativity during this challenging time can lead to new and exciting work. 

The Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW) is a Vancouver based organization that provides services and programs for Indigenous women. PAFNW provides language classes that are open to all people of Cree or Ojibway descent.

Before the impacts of COVID-19, the classes were held through in-person gatherings led by Elders and Language Champions who are fluent in their language. This story shares the challenges and surprising gifts that came from moving their language classes to an online course.

“Putting the program on hold has never crossed my mind,” says Jessica Couzelis, PAFNW Language Coordinator, “The question was how do we keep going? Because not continuing wasn’t an option. We knew somehow we would get there.” 

The PAFNW language team has developed new skills and resources to continue their language programs online and can now offer Cree and Ojibway classes to more learners than ever.

To read more about PAFNW’s story click here.
To read our past story on Joey Stylez click here.

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