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Language Status Report

The 2010 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages provides concrete data on the province's First Nations languages, including the numbers of speakers and resources for each language as well as the language revitalization work being done.

It reveals that B.C. First Nations languages are in a state of crisis: Fluent speakers make up a small and shrinking minority of the B.C. First Nations population and most of them are over 65. Of the 32 First Nations languages, 8 are severely endangered and 22 are nearly extinct.

However, the report also discusses the inspiring commitment that First Nations communities have for revitalizing their languages. While it's true that our languages will be lost within our lifetimes if we don't act now to save them, individuals and communities all across the province have the passion and expertise to ensure that they don't.

Resources:
The 2010 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages
The Language Report Fact Sheet
Press Release

Language Needs Assessments
The data used in the 2010 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages is from our database of "language needs assessments," which are filled out by communities. If you are a community member, we encourage you to visit the links below to ensure our data is up-to-date. This will help us in developing future reports.

Click here to sign up for an account to fill out a Language Needs Assessment
Click here if you already have an account and want to view or update your Language Needs Assessment

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