The Hul'q'umi'num' language was traditionally an oral-only language and is at risk of becoming extinct. Through the Dictionary Project, Cowichan Tribes is keeping the language alive by:
Converting the spoken language into a written orthography;
Providing community language classes;
Increasing the number of Hul'q'umi'num' teachers and speakers;
Introducing the Hul'q'umi'num' language in schools; and
Providing Cultural Teaching Assistants to the schools. There are currently seven Cultural Teaching Assistants in schools with a high First Nations enrolment.
Most Dictionary Project staff are fluent Hul'q'umi'num' speakers.
Did You Know...
Cowichan Tribes provides a number of Hul'q'umi'num' language classes. QwiQwal (Big House speakers) was a specialized program teaching the processes and protocols of the Big House.