Language

Nsyilxcən

Nsyilxcən, an Interior Salish language, is the traditional language of Westbank First Nation and the syilx peoples of the Okanagan valley. According to the 2014 FPCC Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages, only 3.7% of the Okanagan Nation population (5,181) are fluent nsyilxcən speakers.

Nsyilxcen Language Stats FPCC
Image credit: 2014 FPCC Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages

Language Revitalization

Throughout the Okanagan, steps are being taken to teach nsyilxcən to our youth. Nsyilxcən is now recognized as an official language and is taught throughout School District #23, as well as at Sensisyusten House of Learning, which is an elementary school in Westbank First Nation.

You can also learn a little bit about our language here at: http://www.firstvoices.com/en/nsyilxcen/welcome