Photo of sqəql̓qílaʔxʷ (bog orchid / Habenaria dilatata) blooming in Sinixt territory.
As Sinixt, we understand the vital importance of language revitalization for the well-being of our people. We are grateful to our language partners at the Salish School of Spokane and The Inchelium Language House for their efforts to bring n̓səl̓xčin̓ (click to play) fluency back to Sinixt families and other n̓səl̓xčin̓-speaking people.
n̓səl̓xčin̓ is a Southern Interior Salish language related to the Kalispel, Spokane, and Wenatchee Salish languages. n̓səl̓xčin̓
Listen to the pronunciation of these common n̓səl̓xčin̓
Language vs. Tribal Identity
The root of n̓səl̓xčin̓
In the 20th century, non-Indigenous researchers and colonizers began to use the English name “Colville-Okanagan” for n̓səl̓xčin̓
Sinixt people are the sole Indigenous people who can assert sovereignty in traditional Sinixt territories. It is a violation of our inherit sovereignty for non-Sinixt people, bands or nations to claim any kind of sovereignty in Sinixt territories just because they speak n̓səl̓xčin̓