Haíɫzaqvḷa Revitalization

The Haíɫzaqv are the main descendants of Haíɫzaqvḷa-speaking people and identify as being from one or more of five tribal groups: W̓úyalitx̌v, Q̓vúqvay̓áitx̌v, W̓u̓íƛ̓itx̌v, Y̓ísdáitx̌v, X̌íx̌ís. Our current population is 2,414 and growing.

Our territory encompasses 35,553 square kilometers. It extends from the southern tip of Calvert Island, up Dean and Burke Channels as far as Kimsquit and the head of Dean Inlet to the northeast, and up the Mathieson and Finlayson Channels to the north.

Our people practice a system of governance based on our ǧvi̓ḷás (traditional laws) that have been upheld by our Hereditary Chiefs since time immemorial through to the present day. The Haíɫzaqv governing body is comprised of elected Chief & Council, who make decisions in collaboration with the Yím̓as (hereditary Chiefs).

To restore the natural transmission of Haíɫzaqvḷa by increasing speaking, understanding, reading and writing of Haíɫzaqvḷa by all Haíɫzaqv. To support a high level of community engagement in the revitalization of Haíɫzaqvḷa. To follow a holistic language model that meets the needs of all learners, grounded in Haíɫzaqv values, culture, and worldview.
Haíɫzaqvḷa thriving for all Haíɫzaqv
Respect: We place value on our language, our people, and homelands
Reciprocity: We need each other to be successful
Resilience: We are strong, innovative and adaptable
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