A language of Canada

Alternate Names
Secwepemc, Secwepemctsín

200 (FPCC 2014), increasing. 1,190 semi-speakers (FPCC 2014). L2 users: 0 (Golla 2007). Ethnic population: 9,860 (FPCC 2014).


British Columbia province.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Language of recognized indigenous peoples: Adams Lake, Bonaparte, Canim Lake, Chiniki, Esk’etemc, High Bar, Little Shuswap Lake, Neskonlith, Shuswap, Simpcw, Skeetchestn, Soda Creek, Splatsin, Stoney, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Ts’kw’aylaxw, Whispering Pines/Clinton, Williams Lake.


Eastern Shuswap, Western Shuswap.

Language Use

Shifting to English [eng]. Older adults only.

Language Development

Standard orthography has been adopted. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. Secwepemc Cultural Education Society has made efforts to revitalize the language through classes at all levels, including an immersion program (Golla 2007).

Other Comments

Language courses (1991).

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