Language Needs Assessment: Coldwater Indian Band


Funding Applcation: BC Language Initiative (BCLI)
Assessment Year: 2013/2014
Language: Nłeʔkepmxcín
Dialect: Scw'exmxcin


Organization

Coldwater Indian Band
Bernice Garcia, Language Coordinator

This project will serve the following communities:



Community Specific Information



Coldwater



Community Population

Date of community's recent population poll: 2013, March
Population on reserve: 372
Population off reserve: 443
Total Population: 815
Information Source: Coldwater Indian Band Administration, Membership Clerk
Of the off reserve population members live in Merritt, Kamloops, Kelowna and Vancouver. Some of the members live in nearby First Nations communities in the Nicola Valley area.

Community Language Fluency

Number that speak and understand language fluently 12
Age groups that speak the language fluently 55-64 (3), 65-74 (6), 75-84 (3)

Number that understand and/or speak somewhat 154
Age groups who understand and/or speak somewhat 5-14 (5), 15-19 (15), 20-24 (30), 25-44 (30), 45-54 (9), 55-64 (55), 65-74 (10)

Number that do not speak or understand the language 649
Number of people learning the language 210
Age groups that are learning the language 5-14 (40), 15-19 (70), 20-24 (70), 25-44 (20), 45-54 (10)

Total Number 815


Cook's Ferry



Community Population

Date of community's recent population poll: 2010, March
Population on reserve: 89
Population off reserve: 209
Total Population: 298
Information Source: First Peoples Language Map
Due to unemployment & housing shortages on the Cook's Ferry Band reserves, there are a number of members that live in surrounding communities that regularly come back 'home' to help with the ranching chores or attend community events.

Community Language Fluency

Number that speak and understand language fluently 10
Age groups that speak the language fluently 55-64 (3), 65-74 (6), 75-84 (1)

Number that understand and/or speak somewhat 9
Age groups who understand and/or speak somewhat 25-44 (2), 45-54 (3), 55-64 (4)

Number that do not speak or understand the language 279
Number of people learning the language 11
Age groups that are learning the language 5-14 (2), 15-19 (5), 20-24 (2), 25-44 (2)

Total Number 298


Nooaitch



Community Population

Date of community's recent population poll: 2010, June
Population on reserve: 104
Population off reserve: 143
Total Population: 247
Information Source: First Peoples' Language Map of British Columbia
There are members of other First Nations living with families of Nooaitch.

Community Language Fluency

Number that speak and understand language fluently 14
Age groups that speak the language fluently 45-54 (4), 55-64 (10)

Number that understand and/or speak somewhat 36
Age groups who understand and/or speak somewhat 20-24 (5), 25-44 (5), 45-54 (10), 55-64 (16)

Number that do not speak or understand the language 197
Number of people learning the language 61
Age groups that are learning the language 5-14 (10), 15-19 (10), 20-24 (10), 25-44 (10), 45-54 (10), 55-64 (11)

Total Number 247


Siska Indian Band



Community Population

Date of community's recent population poll: 2009, January
Population on reserve: 77
Population off reserve: 223
Total Population: 300
Information Source: First Peoples' Language Map of British Columbia

Community Language Fluency

Number that speak and understand language fluently 7
Age groups that speak the language fluently 55-64 (2), 65-74 (3), 75-84 (2)

Number that understand and/or speak somewhat 10
Age groups who understand and/or speak somewhat 5-14 (1), 15-19 (1), 25-44 (2), 45-54 (3), 55-64 (1), 65-74 (2)

Number that do not speak or understand the language 283
Number of people learning the language 17
Age groups that are learning the language 5-14 (3), 25-44 (4), 45-54 (6), 55-64 (2), 65-74 (2)

Total Number 300