Classes to teach Hul’qumi’num

Now that the CD is out and Total Physical Response is quickly becoming a household term, Ladysmith and area residents can sign up for Hul’qumi’num for beginners.The Stz’uminus First Nation is holding a 10-day workshop to learn their language.The course is an interactive workshop where students are immersed in Total Physical Response — learning basic language skills by moving.“It is open to everyone,” Pearl Harris, Hul’qumi’num manager, said. “It’s to learn the basics of Hul’qumi’num,” she said. “People will hear the  language and understand.”The course is designed to build bridges between communities, connect community leaders and be a fun and inviting way to learn.Harris said Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins is taking the course.“It’s really good for anyone working with First Nation and also just for people wanting to learn another language.”Harris said fluent speakers of the language will be there to  immerse the students in the language.Sessions are July 18 to 29 and August 8 to 19 and cost $600.Classes are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with breakfast and lunch and will be held at St”uate Lelum College on the Trans Canada Highway.For more information contact Pearl Harris at 250-245-1492 or e-mail pearl.harris@stzuminus.com.Registration forms will also be available at St”uate Lelum College, the Stz’uminus Community Centre on Shell Beach Road and at the Husky Gas Station on the Trans Canada Highway.