June 2021 - Issue #8
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1. Using Space in Interpretations (ASL and English)
2. From our catalogue: Interpretation Skills: English to ASL, 2nd Edition (English)
3. In Remembrance: The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (English)
4. Black American Sign Language (BASL and English)
5. Pride Month
Out (English)
7. National Indigenous History Month
8. The IC Book Club: Phyllis's Orange Shirt / Orange Shirt Day by Phyllis Webstad (English)
English Oddities (ASL and English)

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Using Space in Interpretations
Angela Petrone Stratiy gives a great example of utilizing space while discussing fresh fish.
Space is an essential feature of ASL and should be used deliberately, carefully, and purposefully. The more space that is used, the more fluent your interpretation will be. As a result, the English to ASL interpretation is more easily understood. Use as much space as is needed in order to accurately represent ideas and topics in the communication event.

Space is Major Feature #5 in Dr. Marty Taylor's book Interpretation Skills: English to ASL, Second Edition. 
Key Skill 5.7 is "Use as much space as the interpretation requires."

The types of space include:
Left and right side of the body space
Forward and backward space
Vertical space
Multiple spaces
Non-dominant hand
Neutral space

Read more detail and examples of each skill on our blog
- From our catalogue -

Interpretation Skills: English to American Sign Language, Second Edition by Marty M. Taylor, PhD answers the complex question, “What skills are required to interpret effectively from English to ASL?”

Based on new research in ASL and interpreting practice, the book incorporates a wealth of additional Key Skills and Possible Errors. It categorizes and describes 85 Key Skills (over 30 skills more than the original book) within eight Major Features. Within those, it provides over 400 specific examples of related Possible Errors.

Interpretation Skills: English to ASL, Second Edition catalogue page

- In remembrance -

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
May 31 and June 1, 2021 mark 100 years since a white supremacist mob destroyed more than 35 blocks of Tulsa's community of Greenwood, a Black American economic and cultural hub with a population of more than 10,000. Bustling Greenwood Avenue with its many thriving businesses was known as Black Wall Street. Hundreds of lives were lost, and due to punitive legislation and policies regarding rebuilding and investment, the area never recovered its former prosperity.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission was formed to educate Oklahomans and Americans about the Race Massacre and its impact on the state and Nation; remember its victims and survivors; and create an environment conducive to fostering sustainable entrepreneurship and heritage tourism within the Greenwood District specifically, and North Tulsa generally.
Read about their projects

President Biden's Proclamation declaring May 31, 2021 a Day of Remembrance, 100 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre

What is BASL?
Nakia Smith, a.k.a. Charmay, explains BASL.  Posted by Netflix. 
ABC News' Kyra Phillips reports on the movement of BASL.  Posted by ABC News. 
BASL is Black American Sign Language. It is a distinct variety of ASL. It developed out of segregation because schools for the Deaf created in the late 1800s did not accept Black students. BASL has long been recognized as separate from ASL, but little research had been conducted to study and preserve the language.

Now Carolyn McCaskill, Professor at Gallaudet University, along with co-authors Ceil Lucas, Robert Bayley and Joseph Hill, have released an updated and expanded paperback edition of their 2011 book The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure. The book was based on the findings of The Black ASL Project and its authors are featured in the documentary Signing Black In America: The Story of Black ASL. The stories of the Black ASL users who were interviewed are available in supplemental video content on Gallaudet University Press' YouTube channel.
The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Chapter 1 published by Gallaudet University Press. 
- Out There -
Our feature this month is Queer ASL, a queer and transgender positive group with a focus on creating a more accessible, affordable and safer space for those who want to learn ASL.  

Queer ASL was established in 2009 as a free ASL club for queer and transgender folks in Victoria, BC.  Now, weekly ASL classes are offered online. Queer ASL continues to bring awareness and form bridges between deaf and hearing queer folks.

Follow Queer ASL on Facebook and Instagram: @queerASL.

Check out their website for more information, or to sign up for classes:
The View from IC is interested in featuring Canadian and American businesses and organizations owned/created/operated by Deaf or hard of hearing persons. Recommendations? Let us know.

Or, if you are involved in one of these businesses or organizations and would appreciate some FREE promotion in Out There in a future issue, fill out our form here. Kat will be in touch!
June is

National Indigenous History Month

National Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21

This June is Canada's 25th anniversary of celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.This year's observance will be exceptionally poignant, as Canada has begun to come to grips with the fact that as a country we still have a long way to go in terms of developing right relations with Indigenous peoples.

At the end of May, 215 unmarked graves of children were found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. This school, operated by the Catholic Church from 1890 to 1969, was part of the Government of Canada's residential school system which forcibly removed Indigenous children from their homes as a program of cultural annihilation. Not only were children deprived of their language and culture, but they received inadequate food and medical care, punishments were severe, and abuse was rampant. 

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which held hearings across Canada for 6 years to document the truth of survivors and develop a way forward to reconciliation, had only been informed of 50 deaths at the Kamloops school.

The shock of this discovery has galvanized the country to action in ways that the findings and the calls to action in the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation Commission report did not. Memorials and ceremonies for the children have happened across the country. Flags at government buildings have been lowered to half-mast. Schools and other facilities that bore the names of public figures involved in establishing the residential school system have been renamed. September 30 - 
Orange Shirt Day - is now a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Read more about this day in The IC Book Club below.

Calls have been made to investigate the more than 130 sites of former residential schools across Canada for other unmarked graves, so that all those children who never returned home may receive the dignity and respect they were denied.
 *** The IC Book Club ***
Every month The IC Book Club presents a book that gives us an opportunity to learn about others' lived experiences and widen our perspectives.

In honor of National Indigenous History Month, we present Phyllis Webstad's books about her first day of residential school. Phyllis' story inspired
Orange Shirt Day, an annual remembrance of residential school survivors in Canadian schools.

Phyllis's Orange Shirt adapts The Orange Shirt Story for younger readers (ages 4 - 6). Both books are illustrated by Brock Nicol.

When Phyllis was a little girl she was excited to go to residential school for the first time. Her Granny bought her a bright orange shirt that she loved and she wore it to school for her first day. When she arrived at school her bright orange shirt was taken away and never returned.

This is both Phyllis Webstad's true story and the story behind Orange Shirt Day, which is a day for all Canadians to reflect upon the treatment of First Nations people and the message that 'Every Child Matters'. (From Medicine Wheel Education)

For more info about the book and Orange Shirt Day, check these links:
Our English Oddity for June: 

Why do we sing 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' when we are already at the game?
Angela Petrone Stratiy in ASL.
Description: Angela wearing a dark shirt sits in front of a dark blue background.
Angela will explain another English Oddity in ASL next month.

View all past English Oddities at The View From IC Blog. 
June 20th is Father's Day. Best wishes to dads everywhere!
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