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 G̱ilakas'la


"First Words"

ḵisa
smooth, something (eg. - surface)

ǥilakas'la
welcome, thank you

bak̕wa̱m
Indian

ḵ̓a'sa̱lala's
pay attention

a̱bas
mother


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About The Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw people

Welcome to the language culture of the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw First Nations. We are the Kwak̓wala-speaking people on the north east coast of Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland coast of British Columbia. The mandate of the U'mista Cultural Centre is to ensure the survival of the cultural heritage of the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw First Nations. Working with FirstVoices enables us to maintain our language to preserve our culture for future generations to come. Our language is our culture.

Come join us to learn Kwak̓wala with our stories, songs and games! Our ancestors have taugh us well, our stories and songs are full of life and sure to capture your imagination. Come have fun with us.


The Kwak̓wala app is a media-rich bilingual dictionary and phrase collection comprised of words and phrases archived at the online Aboriginal language database FirstVoices.com.
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Status of Our Language

Name of Archive
Kwak̓wala

Language Family
Kwak'wala

Country
Canada

Region
Vancouver Island and Mainland

# of Words Archived
4597

# of Phrases Archived
1070
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