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Language Family: Interior Salish

Language known as: Okanagan

Nsyilxcən is the language of the Okanagan people. "The Okanagan People have inhabited the Okanagan Valley for thousands of years. The Okanagan traditional territories extend from south central interior of British Columbia to north central Washington State."1

State of the Language

First Nation Population Fluent Speakers Understand or Speak Somewhat Learning Speakers
Lower Similkameen Indian Band2494192973
Okanagan Indian Band317955596112
Osoyoos Indian Band45311120100
Penticton Indian Band510352817146
Upper Nicola Band2958211856
Upper Similkameen Indian Band296149
Westbank First Nation68141141153