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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6256 - Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
6256
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2018/2019
Funding Application Type: 
Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Language comment: 
We spell our language Sgüüxs.
Dialect: 
Sgüüxs is a southern dialect of Sm'algya̱x (Coast Tsimshian)
Community(-ies) this project will be serving: 
Community NOT listed: 
Opportunities and Challenges
Opportunities: 
We have language leaders in our community spanning generations from youth to elders. Our leaders are inspired and committed to documenting, preserving, sharing and teaching Kitasoo and Xai'xais languages. The Kitasoo Community School, the Resource Stewardship Department of the Kitasoo Band Council, and the Kitasoo Xai'xais Languages Working Group (KXLWG) collaborate to reawaken knowledge and use of Sgüüxs, one of Klemtu's original languages. There are hundreds of hours of recordings of Sgüüxs which will be used to create learning opportunities for the community.
Challenges: 
It is a challenge to revive not one but two endangered languages. Klemtu is a small, isolated community with no remaining fluent speakers of Sgüüxs. Sgüüxs is not currently taught at the Kitasoo Community School.