Pam Brown is of Heiltsuk and Kitasoo ancestry. She is an anthropologist and curator, Pacific Northwest at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Her expertise includes material culture, collaborative research, community exhibitions and Aboriginal internships.
Pam’s priority is to make museum resources more accessible to Aboriginal artists, Elders, youth, communities and organizations. She has been privileged to direct the Native Youth Program since 1994 and is currently a part of the Híɫzaqv Language Mobilization Partnership team at UBC working with the Heiltsuk Cultural and Education Centre.
Ǧvu̓íxƛaṇugva. Haíɫzaqvq̓amṇugva. gáyáqla qs dúṇta la tx̌as N̓úlú. W̓úgvaqamṇugva N̓úlawitx̌v. W̓uálas aík qs w̓úw̓áx̌diya qs Haíɫzaqviga. ǧvu̓íxdáṇx̌vṇugva. Gvúkvḷaṇugva la tx̌as Wáglísla. P̓álaṇugva la Heiltsuk College-ax̌i. Sgvúḷmasṇugva Haíɫzaqvḷa la qs gvúkláutax̌i. W̓úgvaqaṇugva sgvúḷ Haíɫzaqvḷa k̓vik̓vqḷáyax̌v. súq̓vsṇugvas qṇ qs nínuáqḷayax̌i qṇ ákqṃ m̓as sgvúḷmasiṇƛa Haíɫzaqvḷa
My Name is Ǧvu̓í (Raven). My english name is Rory Housty and I am Haíɫzaqv. I am also a proud N̓úlawitx̌v. I am very proud to be Haíɫzaqv. My Crest is Raven. I live in Wágḷísla also known as Bella Bella, BC. I am currently working at the Heiltsuk College as a Haíɫzaqv Language Trainee. I am currently learning and teaching our language to my fellow community members. I am ever so grateful to my elders for all that they have taught me.
Gerry Lawson is a proud member of the Heiltsuk First Nation and manages the Oral History and Language Lab at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. With over 15 years in the field of Information Management and Heritage Digitization, he works to develop practical, scalable resources for Indigenous cultural heritage preservation, and to decolonize information practices.
Gerry also acts as the Technology Lead for the innovative UBC Indigitization Program.
Lisa Nathan is a settler of German-Jewish heritage living and working on Musqueam’s traditional, ancestral and unceded territory. She is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Curriculum Concentration at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia (the iSchool @ UBC).
Aidan Pine is a settler of European ancestry born in Victoria, BC. Aidan is interested in language revitalization because of its inherently multidisplinary nature and because of the social justice component at the centre of the work. Aidan graduated with an Honors degree in Linguistics and a minor in First Nations Languages from the University of British Columbia. Aidan is also a full-stack web and mobile developer and is interested in the ways that technology can support community-led language revitalization initiatives.
Aidan is completely honoured and thrilled to be working with such a dynamic team and hopes to continue improving the Online Híɫzaqv Dictionary for years to come.
Language is power!
Mark is an Italo-Dutch anthropologist and linguist who moved to Vancouver in 2014 to serve as Chair of the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program, Acting Co-Director of the University’s new Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
Mark is very privileged to have had the opportunity to work in collaborative partnership with members of the Thangmi-speaking communities of eastern Nepal and Darjeeling district in India since 1996, and since 2014 with members of the Heiltsuk First Nation through a Híɫzaqv Language Mobilization Partnership in which UBC is a member. You can learn more about his work by visiting his website or following him on Twitter @markturin.