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 Sima7wí Ucwalmícwts ku Liľwat7úl - Come and speak the language of the Liľwat7úl


"First Words"

kúkwstum̓ckacw
thank you, one to one

i (ay)
yes

kacw kánem
what are you doing?

natcw
tomorrow

hú7malh
goodbye


Lilwat News

Lilwat Spirit Festival is Feb 19 2011 8am-7 pm Live entertainment Hands on Culture crafts snowshoe races wagon rides Bring your drums!!! come Celebrate Lilwat Style!


About The Lil'wat7úl people

"Pelpala7wít i ucwalmícwa múta7 ti tmícwa "- The people and land are one We are the Lilwat Nation, an Interior Salish people We live in a stunning and dramatic landscape with a rich biodiversity-a mysterious place of towering mountains,ice fields,alpine meadows,white-water rivers and braided river valleys that run to a milky color due to the silt and clay deposited by glacial melt. While Lilwat is a separate and distinct Nation, its still remains part of the St'at'imc Nation Our Language is called Ucwalmicwts. It is taught at both X'itolacw Community School and Pemberton Secondary School. Lilwat Also has a Language Immersion school which goes from Nursey to grade three and each subject in the immersion school is taught in the Ucwalmicwts Language. Líľwat Nation (Líľwat means where the rivers meet).

Originally the Lil'wat7úl managed a vast territory within the headwaters of the three rivers: Green River, Lillooet River and the Birkenhead River.

We are building a language retention strategy in the manner of nt'ákmen & nxékmen, and in 1974 was the inception of the written language in our community.

Cedar is inherent in our lives from birth until death. It provides a basket for our children and is used to cradle our loved ones when they pass into the spirit world. We use it for clothing, transportation, art, regalia, shelter, gathering food, cooking and as medicine.

Listen to our words, and explore the Lil'wat Language! CUYSTWÍ MALH UCWALMÍCWTS- lets all go speak our Language!


Status of Our Language

Name of Archive
Líl̓wat

Language Family
St̕át̕imc

Country
Canada

Region
British Columbia

# of Words Archived
1327

# of Phrases Archived
764
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