K'ómoks First Nation

Languages: Éy7á7juuthem, Kwak̓wala, Pəntl’áč
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Historically known as: Comox First Nation, Komox Nation

Contact Information:
Comox Indian Band
3320 Comox Rd
Courtenay, BC
V9N 3P8
ph. (250) 339-4545
fx. (250) 339-7053

"The people called K'ómoks today referred to themselves as Sathloot, Sasitla, Ieeksun, Puntledge, Cha'chae, and Tat'poos. They occupied sites in Kelsey Bay, Quinsum, Campbell River, Quadra Island, Kye Bay, and along the Puntledge estuary. As a cultural collective they called themselves, "Sathloot", according to the late Mary Clifton."1

Language Information

Kwak̓wala A
Fluent Speakers: 1 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 4 2
Learning Speakers: 20 2

The people of the K'ómoks Nation have a traditional territory at the boundary of two of the major language families in British Columbia; to the north and west their neighbours speak Wakashan languages and to the south and east their neighbours speak Coast Salish languages. The families of the K'ómoks Nation have ancestors who spoke who come from the three linguistic traditions identified with their territory: Éy7á7juuthem (also called Comox), Pəntl’áč, and Kwak̓wala. Although the last K'omoks First Nation members who spoke Éy7á7juuthem and Pəntl’áč have passed away there are currently community members who speak Kwak̓wala.

Community Information

Population: 2733

Footnotes / References
1. source: http://www.comoxband.ca/index.php
2. Upper Island Women of Native Ancestry (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3234
3. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2008). First Nation Registered Population.

Audio Clip References
A. Kwak̓wala - Hunt, L. (2008, Aug. 27). Interview with Lorraine Hunt.