Heiltsuk

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A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Hailhzaqvla
Population

66 (FPCC 2014). 50 semi-speakers; 6 remaining speakers of Oowekyala (FPCC 2014). Ethnic population: 2,530 (FPCC 2014).

Location

British Columbia province: Bella Bella and Kitasoo villages, Rivers Inlet area.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Bella Bella (Northern Heiltsuk), Oowekyala (Heiltsuk-Oweek’ala, Oowekeno, Oweek’ala, ’Uikala). Related to Haisla [has] and Kwakiutl [kwk].

Language Use

Speakers 25 and older. Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Local teaching program in Bella Bella. Dictionary.
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