Hometown: Arlee, Montana
Vance was introduced to a Salish language camp by his aunt when he was 11 years old. Vance was inspired by the community members and elders who participated in the camp and has since been determined to become a fluent speaker in his language and invite other young people to get involved. Vance is now a senior in high school and has been working with tribal departments, organizations and youth groups for the past six years to help preserve the Salish language. Vance teaches language classes at high schools and created an organization called Yoyoot Skwkwimlt (Strong Young People) that utilizes peer-to-peer methods to teach language and culture.
“Time is of the essence, and our young Native people are the key to revitalizing our language. Helping them is revitalizing our identity.” - Vance Home Gun, 2013 Champion for Change