Salish, Straits


A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Northern Straits Salish, Straits

20 in Canada (Golla 2007). Population total all countries: 25. Ethnic population: 3,020 (2001 census). L2 users: 100 in Canada.


British Columbia, Southeast tip of Vancouver Island (Saanich dialect).

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).


Saanich, Semiahmoo, Songish, Ts’ooke.

Language Use

Ts’ooke, Semiahmoo, and Songish dialects have no remaining speakers. Shifting to English [eng]. Ceremonies, tribal identity. Speakers 60 and older. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 100%. Literacy rate high among L1 speakers. Dictionary. Grammar.

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