Workshop focuses on state of Secwepemctsin language

Free event will be held on June 19 at downtown Kamloops library

A free workshop on the history and state of Secwepemctsin, the Secwepemc language, will be held at the downtown library later this month.

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc language and culture manager Ted Gottfriedson will discuss the history and current state of the language.

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Gottfriedson earlier told KTW only two people on the reserve, ages 78 and 86, speak Secwepemctsin fluently, with between 20 and 25 adult learners and kids taking it through the public school system.

He said he is concerned as the band’s language co-ordinator and as a band member, given the limited number of people available to continue the language.

Secwepemctsin is culturally significant, linked to ecological and historical knowledge, values, beliefs, stories, structures and spirituality. The sound system consists of 43 consonants and five vowels and many of the sounds are not in the English language.

The workshop will be held at the Kamloops Library, downtown at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue, on Wednesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. It is free to attend, but registration is recommended. To register, call 250-372-5145.

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc offers a beginner’s Secwepemctsin course online at

Courses are also offered at Thompson Rivers University and through Simon Fraser University at the band office.

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