Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Langley School District IDEA X Challenge: Incorporate Indigenous Language in Langley City. Take the Survey.

Last night, I was privileged to be one of five judges for the Langley School District’s IDEA X Challenge, where teams of Langley high school students competed to win $20,000 total in scholarships.

The follows pictures show the three winning teams.

This year’s challenge was to “design a future Langley that could exist in 50 years which is environmentally responsible, earth-conscious, incorporates Indigenous perspectives and honours what is important to today’s residents.”

We heard some innovative ideas, such as using pneumatic tubes to transport garbage, recycling, and organics from buildings to a centralized transfer station, building with low-carbon materials, and using algae-filled exterior walls to help cool and provide energy for buildings.

One key aspect was how the nine teams included Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in their solutions.

What stood out to me across multiple solutions was incorporating the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ (hunquminum) language into the built environment of Langley City, including dual naming streets, parks, and displaying Indigenous public art.

Prototype Dual Language Street Sign for Fraser Highway.

With that in mind, I want to know how you would like to see the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language incorporated into Langley City’s physical form.

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