Tŝilhqot’in Language

The Tŝilhqot’in language and culture have persisted through Canada’s dark history of the Residential School System and colonization. To understand the Tŝilhqot’in language is to understand the people. Our language is how we understand the nen (lands, water & resources). For many of our people, English is a second language and some of our Elders have only ever known the Tŝilhqot’in language. Efforts to revitalize the language are continuing and growing through such projects as the Tŝilhqot’in Community Radio and recognition of original place names in our territory.

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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.