Language Needs Assessment: Lower Kootenay Band

Funding Applcation: Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI)
Assessment Year: 2014/2015
Language: Ktunaxa
Dialect: Lower


Lower Kootenay Band
Keith Clements, Director of Operations

This project will serve the following communities:

yaqan nuʔkiy (Lower Kootenay)

Community Population

Date of community's recent population poll: 2014, January
Population on reserve: 83
Population off reserve: 153
Total Population: 236
Information Source: Keith and Education office
Large youth population and only a small number of adults learning the language. Young children in grades 3-8 are eager to learn the language.

Community Language Fluency

Number that speak and understand language fluently 4
Age groups that speak the language fluently 55-64 (3), 65-74 (1)

Number that understand and/or speak somewhat 44
Age groups who understand and/or speak somewhat 5-14 (11), 15-19 (5), 20-24 (4), 25-44 (10), 45-54 (5), 55-64 (9)

Number that do not speak or understand the language 188
Number of people learning the language 50
Age groups that are learning the language 0-4 (12), 5-14 (38)

Total Number 236