General Help

Create an Language Map Account

To post new material, Comments or to access the Language Needs Assessment system, please create a Language Map Account.

Step 1. Click on the 'Account' link at the bottom of the FP Language Maps page.

Step 2. Tell us about yourself. None of the data will be shared.

Step 3. Digitally sign the Terms of Reference and solve the Captcha.

Printed Language Maps

Printed Language Maps Now Available!Printed copies of the First Peoples’ Language Map of British Columbia, a geographic depiction of the First Nations languages of B.C. is an excellent tool for teaching students about the wealth and diversity of the indigenous languages and cultures in this province.

Glossary of Terms


First Nation
First Nation(s) is a term for the Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are not Inuit or Métis people. "First Nations" is a legally undefined term that came into common usage in Canada during the 1980s to replace the term "Indian band".

Map Data Sources

Living Language Group Boundaries
Initially based on a map provided by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, and reproduced with permission.

Sleeping Languages and Historical Language Group Boundaries
Based on a map prepared for the Handbook of North American Indians (1996, revised 1999) under the supervision of Dr. Ives Goddard, and reproduced with permission of the Smithsonian Institution.

Language and Dialect Names
based on research by the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language, and Culture Council

About the Language Map Project

The First Peoples Language Map of British Columbia was initiated by First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Council (FPHLCC, now First Peoples’ Culture Council - FPCC) in 2005 with funding from the BC Ministry of Education. FPCC staff member and linguist, Sarah Kell, started the language map with contemporary language group boundaries provided by the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia.
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