Okanagan

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Okanagan-Colville, Okanagon, Okanogan
Population

370 in Canada (2011 census), increasing. Except for 12 fluent speakers on Westbank Reserve, the other reserves each have at least 50 speakers of varying fluency, Vernon Reserve perhaps 100 (Golla 2007). Population total all countries: 770. L2 users: Up to 2,000 L2 speakers in Canada and the United States (Golla 2007).

Location

South central British Columbia, east of Fraser Valley and west of Kootenai, on 7 reserves: Vernon, Douglas Lake, Westbank, Penticton, Keremeos, Hedley, Oliver.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Sanpoil, Southern Okanogan.

Language Use

Substantial revitalization efforts (Golla 2007). Speakers 30 and older. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Dictionary. Grammar.

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