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Language Status Report

The 2014 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages provides a update on the current status of B.C.'s First Nations languages, with information about numbers of speakers and available resources as of 2014.

While all of the First Nations languages in British Columbia continue to face challenges to their vitality, there is much reason for optimism. For example, the number of semi-fluent speakers has significantly increased since 2010. This indicates that the programs and efforts towards language revitalization are having an effect. This report highlights some of the successful revitalization initiatives that are taking place in communities across the province.

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PDF DocumentThe Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages 2014, Second Edition
PDF Document2014 Language Report Fact Sheet
PDF DocumentPress Release




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. Individuals and communities all across the province continue to demonstrate their passion and expertise in ensuring that these languages are passed on to new speakers.

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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