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Language Family: Interior Salish

Language known as: Okanagan

Nsyilxcən is the language of the Okanagan people. "The Okanagan People have inhabited the Okanagan Valley for thousands of years. The Okanagan traditional territories extend from south central interior of British Columbia to north central Washington State."1

State of the Language

First Nation Population Fluent Speakers Understand or Speak Somewhat Learning Speakers
Lower Similkameen Indian Band2448285959
Okanagan Indian Band21793412035
Osoyoos Indian Band247830750
Penticton Indian Band2850384352
Upper Nicola Band2883182452
Upper Similkameen Indian Band263149
Westbank First Nation266638840
Footnotes / References
1. copied from FirstVoices nsyilxcən Community Portal: http://www.firstvoices.com/scripts/WebObjects.exe/FirstVoices.woa/wa/ent...
2. Language Data from En'owkin Centre (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3279