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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6272 - Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
6272
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2017/2018
Funding Application Type: 
Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Language comment: 
We are seeking to revitalize Xai'xais, a dialect of Hailhzaqvla unique to the Xai'xais people.
Dialect: 
Xai'xais is a dialect of Hailhzaqvla.
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. 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: 
It is a challenge to reawaken not one but two endangered indigenous languages. 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.