Language & Culture

Visit our Tsilhqot'in Language page for language resources and links


The main focus of the language department is to work with the staff with language translation and the Nation in revitalizing and preserving the Tŝilhqot’in language, supporting each community in their language project initiatives and accessing language proposals.  Language Research Projects have been formed in partnership with the following Universities;

2012 University of Victoria (UVIC) – Community based research project on oral histories and indigenous legal traditions on justice and reconciliation.

March 2013 – February 2020 Simon Fraser University (SFU) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada – language revitalization with language documentation and language app development.

Language Committee

The Tŝilhqot’in Language committee was formed in 2010, consisting of Tŝilhqot’in language experts who are fluent and literate in Tŝilhqot’in.  The committee is made up of one representative per community.  Presently, the language committee is in-active and will be re-established with new membership.  The purpose of the language committee is to work on language projects and initiatives that revitalize and preserve the Tŝilhqot’in language & culture.



The Tŝilhqot’in Nation are rich in their language, culture and traditions as they actively speak the language, practice their culture and traditions through the following;  gatherings, culture camps, drumming, songs, story telling, oral history and harvesting.


The Tŝilhqot’in Nation are working towards adding more language into our signage, place names, documents and policies.  Below is a list of documents written in the Tŝilhqot’in language;

  • TNG Mining policy
  • Nemiah Declaration
  • Traditional Values Gathering information booklet
  • Tŝilhqot’in Warriors Memorial plaque
  • Highway mileage signage
  • Declared Title Area signage


The Tŝilhqot’in (Chilcotin) also known as People of the River, as salmon was their main food source.  The Tŝilhqot’in Nation are located in the Cariboo Chilcotin central interior with a population of over 4,000.

The Tŝilhqot’in Nation are rich in their language, culture and traditions.  The Tŝilhqot’in Language percentage of speakers below.  

Annual Nation Events

  • October 26th: Lhats’aŝʔin 1864 Memorial Day, an official recognized Tŝilhqot’in holiday honouring our fallen Tŝilhqot’in warriors of the 1864 Tŝilhqot’in war; Chief Lhats’aŝʔin, Biyil, Telad, Taqed, Chayses and Ahan.
  • Nation Gathering annual event 3rd weekend in August (generally);
  • Tl’etinqox summer cultural camp;
  • Tŝi Del Del summer cultural camp; and
  • Xeni Gwet’in Annual Wagon trip.