Helq’eméylem Language Card Deck launches to support Indigenous language revitalization efforts

Designed by Coast Salish artist Ovila Mailhot

DEROCHE, BC (August 6th, 2020) — TakingITGlobal is grateful for the opportunity to support the Helq’eméylem Animal Card Deck in collaboration with Ovila Mailhot, Leq’á:mel First Nation and the Helq’eméylem Language Group.

This educational tool, designed by Ovila Mailhot, showcases Coast Salish art and local animals while introducing key vocabulary in an effort to celebrate and revitalize Helq’eméylem language for future generations. On July 23, we hosted a virtual launch event where people from across the country joined for a reading with the authors, language keepers, family and friends.

Special thanks and recognition to all of those involved in the project: Ovila Mailhot (artist and card designer), Bibiana Norris & Camielle Laslo (language teachers/speakers), Phil Sherwood (drummer), Takaya Kelly (welcome address), Chris Green (caterer) and Magdalena Kelly for emceeing and event coordination.

To order a copy of the card deck visit Art for Communities.


Jayson Moore, Educator Engagement & School Support Coordinator, TakingITGlobal (E-mail jayson@takingitglobal.org)

(416) 977–9363 ext 323

Artist Contact

Instagram @Ovila79

We empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store