Siomonn Pulla joins SSHRC Partnership Team


The Office of Research Services is pleased to congratulate Dr. Siomonn Pulla, who is a successful co-applicant on the SSHRC Partnership Grant: Hul'q'umi'num' voices: Reclaiming the language of canoe culture. Dr. Donna Gerts of Simon Fraser University is the project lead.

The territory of the Hul'q'umi'num' people extends along the Salish Sea from Nanoose to Malahat on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Today around fifty fluent speakers remain, mostly over the age of sixty, and thus Hul'q'umi'num' is considered an endangered language. In this three-year project, a team of Elders and researchers will document the language as it relates to canoe culture.

This project will explore the potential of e-learning and mobile-learning to connect Indigenous youth with their linguistic and cultural traditions through modern technologies. Due to the widespread use of handheld devices among Coast Salish community members, developing mobile learning resources is the most practical approach to supporting culturally-based language immersion. Mobile learning applications are ideally suited for the delivery of comprehensive, individualized, and dynamic learning content in real time. Multi-dimensional by nature, this project involves Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts, scholars and community members from different disciplines, universities and not-for-profit organizations.