Language Family: Coast Salish
Language known as: Pentlatch
The Pəntl’áč speaking people traditionally lived on the east coast of central Vancouver Island with a territory that encompassed the current towns of Courtenay and Qualicum. Although the Pəntl’áč traditions and a chieftainship were passed on to members of the K'ómoks First Nation, the last known speaker of Pəntl’áč passed away in 1940 1. The Pəntl’áč people's own name for their language is unknown; Pəntl’áč is the name they were given by neighbouring speakers of Éy7á7juuthem and She shashishalhem2.
State of the Language
Fluent speakers: o
This language is considered a sleeping language.
Footnotes / References
1. Personal communication Mary Everson to Towagh Behr Feb. 27, 2012
2. Poser, William J. (2003b). The Names of the First Nations Languages of British Columbia.
3. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2008). First Nation Registered Population.