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Language Needs Assessment: LNA6359 - Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation

LNA Status
LNA ID: 
6359
Submitted: 
Submitted
Status: 
Approved
Applicant Information
Contact person for this LNA: 
Doug Neasloss
Job Title: 
Resource Stewardship Director
Organization/First Nation/Government: 
Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation
Phone: 
250-839-1255 x 209
Fax: 
250-839-1256
Email: 
elissacrouse@gmail.com
Application Year & Type
Assessment Year: 
2018/2019
Funding Application Type: 
BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
FirstVoices
Language and Dialect Information
Language: 
Dialect: 
Sgüüxs is a southern dialect of Sm'algya̱x
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 committed to documenting, preserving, learning, sharing and teaching Kitasoo and Xai'xais languages. The Resource Stewardship Department of the Kitasoo Band Council supports the work of the Kitasoo Xai'xais Languages Working Group (KXLWG). The KXLWG collaborates with other community groups, such as the Health Centre, the Kitasoo Community School and the Súa Youth Performance Group to reawaken knowledge and use of Sgüüxs, the language of the Kitasoo. There are hundreds of hours of recordings of Sgüüxs which will be used to create learning opportunities for the community. There are community members keen to learn to speak Sgüüxs. There are Sgüüxs semi-speakers in Klemtu who are interested in teaching Sgüüxs in the future.
Challenges: 
There are no fluent Sgüüxs community members remaining in Klemtu. We must rely on the audio recordings to learn and teach at this time.