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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Nelson Mandela

About the Language Department

The Klahoose language department is a grant-funded department to revitalize Ayajuthem for all Ayajuthem speaking communities Klahoose, Homalco, Tla’amin, and Comox. Klahoose is dedicated to working with our sister nations to support each other in the revitalization of Ayajuthem in our communities.

Current grants include a partnership with the University of Victoria. Klahoose research assistant linguist Sue Urbanzewick is working with the Klahoose community to develop a five-year language revitalization plan. In 2022, when the project is complete, the Klahoose Language team will have a strategic plan that will guide the department's structure and provide clear evidence to the elected leadership of the community’s desire to prioritize language revitalization.

The Territory Wide Land Use Plan is currently being developed.

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We invite you to participate in a project with Klahoose First Nation and UVic: Hɛhɛwšɩn (moving forward): Developing a strategic plan for revitalizing ʔayʔaǰuθəm. The goal of the project is to learn from as many Klahoose First Nation members as possible, what their hopes, dreams and wishes are for revitalizing ʔayʔaǰuθəm, in order to develop a strategic plan.

We would be honoured to get your input. We have prepared an on-line questionnaire, and the link is provided here. It should take about a half hour.



We thank you for your participation

Jacqueline Mathieu

Su Urbanczyk, urbansu@uvic

Language Resources

Orthography class

Monday 4:30-6:30 pm

Links emailed weekly


Oral language class with Dawna Pnallan

Wednesday 5:00-6:00 pm

Zoom links emailed weekly

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