HALKOMELEM ( ) are Central Coast Salish people (see SALISHAN FIRST NATIONS) with Island and Mainland branches, the latter divided into Upriver and Downriver. Halkomelem is a single language comprised of mutually understandable dialectal forms spoken by groups along the lower FRASER R and across GEORGIA STRAIT on VANCOUVER ISLAND (see also FIRST NATIONS LANGUAGES).

Island Halkomelem FIRST NATIONS (also known as Hul'qumi'num) include the Malahat (pop 250) of SAANICH INLET, the COWICHAN of the...

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