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Language Family: Dene (Athabaskan)

Language known as: Chilcotin, Tzilkotin
Key Phrases
Tsilhqot'inA - Chilcotin
For more key phrases see the First Voices Archive

Tsilhqot'in A is spoken in the Central Interior of British Columbia, roughly speaking, in the area to the West of Williams Lake, along Highway 20. It is neighboured by Dakelh (Carrier) to the North, Secwepmectsín (Shuswap) to the East, St'at'imcets (Lillooet) to the South, and Nuxalk B (Bella Coola) to the West.

State of the Language

First Nation Population Fluent Speakers Understand or Speak Somewhat Learning Speakers
Tl'etinqox-T'in Government Office1156630011688
Tsi Del Del168310379113
Xeni Gwet'in2416128164177
Footnotes / References
1. Language Data from Denisiqi Services Society (2015), Language Needs Assessment #2784
2. Language Data from Tsilhqot'in National Government (2015), Language Needs Assessment #3514
3. Language Data from Ulkatcho First Nation (2007), Language Needs Assessment #573

Audio Clip References
A. Tsilhqot'in - Laceese, L. & G. Johnny (2008, Sept. 9). Interview with Francis Laceese & Georgina Johnny.
B. Nuxalk - Nelson, Chris (2008). Nuxalk Language Archive.