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"First Words"

y̓é nsxʷewkʷ
glad

nk̓seytkn
my family or relatives

snuk̓ʷ̓eʔ
friend

y̓écute
behave

cúkʷcn
(s.o.) finished eating/(s.o.) finishes eating



About The scw̓éxmx (People of the Creeks) people

One of the stories of how the Scw̓éxmx (people of the Creeks or Nicola Valley) came together was loooong ago the Stuwix, who were the Athapascan Nicola-Similkameen tribe, had frequent wars with the Thompson (the Lytton people) & the Okanagans. The Thompson drove them away & the Stuwix occupied which is now Nicola Valley. The Thompson ceased to attack the Stuwix after they had intermarried, as they were afraid of killing their own family. The Okanagan for the same reason also made fast friends with the Thompson & became their allies, & ceased to attack the Stuwix. During the past century the Thompson, Stuwix & Okanagan never fought with one another.

To this date three of the former Thompson Bands, Cook's Ferry, Nicomen & Siska along with the Nicola Bands, Coldwater, Shackan, Nooaitch & one Okanagan Band, Upper Nicola, have formed a non-profit society which is the Nicola Tribal Association (NTA). The NTA Board of Directors who are primarily the Chiefs of member Bands of NTA whose roles & responsibilities are to provide the service delivery of the NTA operations & to provide technical support to the Nicola Valley Tribal Chiefs' political body. The Nicola Valley Tribal Council Chiefs' role is to deal politically with Title and Rights issues.

The principal mandate of the NTA is:
a) To promote the preservation & advancement of the Nicola Tribal Association recognizing the unique cultural & linguistic similarities & the differences of the constituent Indian Bands, & in particular, the special affiliations & circumstances of the Upper Nicola Band;
b) To support the development & achievement of effective Aboriginal Self-Government for the constituent Indian Bands;
c) To preserve, maintain & foster the Nlaka'pamux and Silx languages & cultures;
d) To pursue the resolution of those issues of concern to the constituent Indian Bands including rights of Aboriginal peoples, the land question throughout the tribal territories & treaty negotiations;
e) To accommodate the wishes of individual Constituent Bands in respect of their level of participation in any of the objects or purposes herein;
f) To ensure the achievement of the purposes by introducing, establishing, maintaining, reviewing and renewing, where required and efficient administration & to set policies and administrative structures from time to time, as determined by the Board of Directors.

The NTA has four (4) major departments:

1. Administration Department,
2. Finance Department,
3. Tmíxʷ Research &
4. Nicola Watershed Stewardship & Fisheries Association Department


Status of Our Language

Name of Archive
nłeʔkepmxcin

Language Family
scw̓exmxcÌn

Country
Canada

Region
Nicola Valley

# of Words Archived
1980

# of Phrases Archived
645
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