MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat)

Languages: Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq'eméylem / hən̓q̓əmin̓əm, SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lkwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke
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Historically known as: Malahat First Nation, Malahat Indian Band

Contact Information:
Malahat First Nation
110 Thunder Rd
Mill Bay, BC
V0R 2P4
ph. (250) 743-3231
fx. (250) 743-3251

The MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) are a First Nation on the southern end of Vancouver Island. Their territory is centred on the western side of Saanich Inlet between the cities of Victoria and Duncan.

Language Information

Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq'eméylem / hən̓q̓əmin̓əm
Fluent Speakers: 4 1
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 5 1
Learning Speakers: 0 1
SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lkwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke
Fluent Speakers: 5 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 0 2
Learning Speakers: 0 2

The MÁLEXEȽ people speak "Malchosen". Malchosen is a dialect that was spoken by the community and efforts are being made to bring it back.

Community Information

Population: 297 2
Internet Connectivity: High-Speed

The main MÁLEXEȽ community is on the Malahat 11 reserve land south of Mill Bay, BC.


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Footnotes / References
1. Malahat Nation (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3372
2. Malahat First Nation (2012), Language Needs Assessment #2735