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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6098 - Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
6098
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2016/2017
Funding Application Type: 
Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Language comment: 
Xai'xais is a dialect of Hailhzaqvla (Heiltsuk).
Dialect: 
Xai'xais
Community(-ies) this project will be serving: 
Community NOT listed: 
Opportunities and Challenges
Opportunities: 
There are fluent Xai'xais speaking elders remaining in Klemtu. There is a strong and expanding Xai'xais curriculum at the Kitasoo Community School. The school is partnered with the Kitasoo Xai'xais Languages Working Group and the Resource Stewardship Department of the Kitasoo Band Council to provide learning opportunities and materials to the community.
Challenges: 
There are less than 10 fluent Xai'xais speaking elders remaining in Klemtu. A thorough documentation effort is needed for this dialect. There is currently no language instruction available to community members outside of school-age children.