UNESCO Council, Please consider funding projects preserving the Salish Language. This language is located in northwestern United States and Canada and it's only spoken by a little over two hundred people. The tribe and other community members have created classes and an app teaching Salish. This language has been negatively affected by the globalization of English. But, with UNESCO's help, more classes and other projects could be created to better preserve this language. This would expose Salish more, which could save it from dying.
Spokane, Kalispel, and Flathead are three dialects of the Salish language. This language has approximately 200 speakers in northwestern United States, but it also has speakers in Canada. Most speakers of these dialects are elders, so younger Salish people are trying to preserve their language. UNESCO could greatly help these people preserve Salish.
The Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribe has taken steps to keep its language alive. College and high school classes have been started to teach the language and an app has been created to assist with learning. Students learning Salish at a Mission Valley high school have heard their older relatives speak the language and are honored to be a part of its preservation. They feel that they should work to save the language, since it's important to their elders. UNESCO's funding could be what helps create more classes so that the language can be spread.
The Salish Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee was created by Salish traditional elders in order to preserve their language, as well as their culture, so that it would continue to spread from generation to generation. Some areas this committee tries to protect are their traditional tribal events and activities and the Salish language. UNESCO's efforts to save Salish combined with the efforts of this committee could save the language.
Tony Incashola and Johnny Arlee were the two main founders of the Salish-Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee. They started the committee to preserve the Salish language and culture. The committee gathered as many songs, stories, and information on their culture as they could and then they produced many movies, interviews, and lessons based on the Salish culture. They also have been creating a book about the tribe history and culture so that it won't be forgotten. If UNESCO helps to fund these projects working to preserve the Salish language, then more efforts will be made so that it won't become extinct.
There has been a constant argument over whether the globalization of English negatively or positively impacts the word. Although there are some positive impacts of English involving business, marketing, and trading, smaller language groups are negatively impacted by this spreading language. By the year 2025, half of the over six thousand languages are predicted to die. On top of this, families who speak languages that are very small and overlooked can be affected on a personal level. Children taught to speak English, may not be able to communicate with their elders. This is happening to people who speak Salish because English is dominating their language. With UNESCO's help this small language could still be saved and spread.