First Peoples' Cultural Council

Report on Language Learners – an Update

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with the mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. The corporation provides funding and resources to communities, monitors the status of First Nations languages and develops policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government.

This Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages, is an update to the report we designed in 2014. It provides detailed data collected in 2018 on the current status of B.C.’s First Nations languages, with information about numbers of speakers, learners and available resources. The number of semi-fluent First Nations’ language speakers has increased significantly since 2014, and this report highlights some of the successful revitalization initiatives taking place in communities across the province.

Backyard Creative designed and art directed the report, to be used primarily on screen (i.e. read digitally as an interactive PDF) and as a printed piece, taking into consideration accessibility for a wide range of readers. One of our main objectives was to present a lot of information without overwhelming the reader.

Small infographics were designed in the report, to both highlight the positive changes taking place (i.e. an increase in language learners) and provide a plethora of socio-economic information. Colour was used to highlight and differentiate the 7 different language families and the dialects within. We also incorporated a Canadian-designed syllabics font called Huronia into the report, as we now consider it a core part of the FPCC brand.


Creative Direction & Project Management: Lisa Hemingway // Design & Layout: Laura Timmermans