First Nations Languages

FIRST NATIONS LANGUAGES are more prevalent in BC than in any other province in Canada. Approximately half of Canada's 60 FIRST NATIONS languages are native to BC. Of the 32 native tongues originally spoken in the province, 3 (Nicola, TSETSAUT and PENTLATCH) are extinct and several others are in extremis, spoken only by a few elders. Each of these languages is a distinct idiom but may be spoken over a large area in several mutually intelligible dialectal forms. Linguists sometimes disagree as to...

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