BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin)


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

Contact Information:
Pauquachin First Nation
9010 W Saanich Rd
Sidney, BC
V8L 5W4
ph. (250) 656-0191
fx. (250) 656-6134

The BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin) are one of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) peoples with a territory that is centred on the Saanich Penninsula, Goldstream, and neighbouring islands. Most community members live at the Pauquachin main reserve on Coles Bay. The families of BOḰEĆEN speak two languages: SENĆOŦEN and Hul’q’umi’num’ 1.

Language Information

SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lkwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke
Fluent Speakers: 0 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 6 2
Learning Speakers: 20 2
Hul’q’umi’num’ / Halq'eméylem / hən̓q̓əmin̓əm
Fluent Speakers: 8 3
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 8 3
Learning Speakers: 10 3

Community Information

Population: 3674
Internet Connectivity: High-Speed5
Footnotes / References
1. Deanna Daniels, Pauquachin Councillor, personal communication to Towagh Behr, April 16, 2008.
2. Saanich Adult Education Centre (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3406
3. Pauquachin First Nation (2007), Language Needs Assessment #711
4. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2008). First Nation Registered Population.
5. Aboriginal Canada (2006). First Nation Connectivity Profiles.