Our ancestral language is a vital part of our culture. It defines our uniqueness and fosters connections between children to Elders, students to teachers, and ourselves with our ancestors, land, and spirituality. Without our language, an essential part of our community and cultural identity is missing.
Sadly, like many First Nations in Canada, Toquaht’s language has suffered severe threats and near extinction due to the impacts of colonialism. The detrimental actions imposed upon our Nation has resulted in a scarcity of fluent speakers, causing immense loss. To address this, Toquaht has prioritized language revitalization efforts.
We have made significant strides towards revitalizing our language over the years, but the journey is long, and we remain determined. One crucial step in this endeavor is the establishment of our cultural department, which will serve as a foundation for realizing our vision of a cultural wellness center.
The Toquaht Language Program is a valuable resource that supports our language revitalization efforts. You can find more information about the program and its initiatives at The Toquaht Language Project.
Other Language Resources
First Voices language keyboard (Nuu-chah-nulth language)
Language Geek (access to other traditional language keyboards)