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Indigenous Languages



aboriginal-language-canada.jpgFirst Voices​

FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Aboriginal people engaged in language archiving, language teaching & culture revitalization. The FirstVoices Language Archive contains thousands of text entries in many diverse Aboriginal writing systems, enhanced with sounds, pictures and videos.

mih-june-5.jpgApps For Learning An Indigenous Language

"While technology cannot fully replace group or in-person interactions for language learning, they are a useful tool for learning vocabulary, usage, and pronunciation. To help on your language-learning journey, we’ve compiled a list of Indigenous language apps to supplement classes and conversations and to help you start to think outside the English box."
Kwak'wala​​​  Sliammon  ​​   SENĆOŦEN​     ​​ Halq'emeylem    

west-coast-BC-hr.jpg​First Peoples' Language Map of B.C.​​

British Columbia is home to 203 First Nations communities and an amazing diversity of Indigenous languages; approximately 60% of the First Nations languages of Canada are spoken in B.C. You can access indexes of all the languages, First Nations and Community Champions through the top navigation on all pages of this website.


FPCC-Logo-Set-02.jpgThe First Peoples' Cultural Council ​

​The First Peoples' Cultural Council is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation with a mandate to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. 



image02.jpgIndigenous Languages of British Columbia​​

There are many Indigenous languages of British Columbia for which curriculum have been developed and Ministry approved through the provincial Languages Template development process. Please contact the respective school district or copyright holder for information and copies of the curriculum document.​




fnesc_logo_initials__Converted_.jpg​Reviving Your Language Through Education​

This workbook is designed to assist First Nations language advocates, educators and communities to develop a clear vision for language education, fully understand their current language situation and resources, and exit with a comprehensive plan for achieving their vision.


01.jpgIndigenous Storybooks Canada​

Indigenous Storybooks Canada is designed specifically for children, families, community members, and educators. Inspired by the open-licensed stories from Little Cree Books, this project aims to make the text, images, and audio of stories available in Indigenous languages as well as English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada. Share and enjoy!


Why Indigenous languages should be taught alongside French and English

Métis author Chelsea Vowel argues for the official protection of Canada’s Indigenous languages, which are currently on the brink of extinction. Chelsea Vowel for Chatelaine. November 16, 2017.

Mapping Indigenous languages in Canada​​

See where 60 languages belonging to 12 language families are being used right now

The 2014 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages

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.

Aboriginal Languages in Canada​: Lesson Plan​

The purpose of this guide is to provide background information and to suggest activities which

will help teachers and learners explore the many issues around Aboriginal languages in
Canada. It examines the many activities communities are engaged in to restore and retain
languages across Canada. ​