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Language Needs Assessment: LNA5953 - Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
5953
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2015/2016
Funding Application Type: 
Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Language comment: 
The Kitasoo Xai'xais First Nation has two languages: Sgüüx̱s and Xai'xais. Both languages were the original languages spoken in Klemtu. Xai'xais is better documented than Sgüüx̱s and is taught at the Kitasoo Community School. Both languages need better documentation.
Dialect: 
Sgüüx̱s is a dialect of Sm'algyax
Community(-ies) this project will be serving: 
Community NOT listed: 
Opportunities and Challenges
Opportunities: 
Our Kitasoo Xai'xais Languages Revitalization project gains momentum as time passes on. We have built a substantial Sgüüx̱s database and are working to develop a stronger language curriculum at the Kitasoo Community School. We also have a strong community outreach plan in place and clear project objectives and goals led by a motivated team of project participants.
Challenges: 
There are no remaining fluent speaking Sgüüx̱s Elders in Klemtu and only a small number of Xai'xais speaking Elders remain.