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Language Family: Coast Salish

Language known as: Mainland Comox, Comox, Sliammon

This language is spoken by the Sliammon (ɬaʔaʔmɛn), K'omoks, Klahoose, and Homalco First Nations on the central east coast of Vancocuver Island, adjacent mainland, and the islands in between. Linguists have have called this language "Comox" and "Mainland Comox". There are recognizable differences in dialect between the different First Nations that speak this language.

State of the Language

First Nation Population Fluent Speakers Understand or Speak Somewhat Learning Speakers
Homalco First Nation1477221184
Klahoose First Nation238441015
K'ómoks First Nation2733unknownunknownunknown
Tla'amin Nation4103510577333
Footnotes / References
1. Language Data from Homalco (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3159
2. Language Data from Klahoose First Nation (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3356
3. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2008). First Nation Registered Population.
4. Language Data from Sliammon, Klahoose and Homalco (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3230