|Ethnicity||1,200 Sechelt people (2014, FPCC)|
|4 (2014, FPCC)|
|ELP||She shashishalhem (Sechelt)|
The Sechelt language, Sháshíshálh or Shashishalhem (IPA: [ʃáʃíʃáɬəm]), is a Coast Salish language spoken by the Shishalh (Sechelt) people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. It is spoken in the area now called southwestern British Columbia, Canada, centred on their reserve communities in the Sechelt Peninsula area of the Sunshine Coast.
They now only have 7 elderly/fluent speakers, but have many teachers that teach children from preschool all the way through till high school. UBC, Vancouver and Okanagan offers language courses, that give students the opportunity to learn various languages, Shashishalhem being one of the few
In 2014, the Coastal Corridor Consortium, "an entity made up of board members from First Nations and educational partners to improve aboriginal access to and performance in postsecondary education and training", created a Sechelt Nation language certificate.
Although endangered, the Sechelt people, with help from others, have reclaimed 603 phrases and 5659 words in total.
The four vowel sounds may also have the allophones [æ, ɪ~ʊ~ʌ, e, o].
- Sechelt at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
- Mithun, Marianne (2001). The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 487. ISBN 978-0-521-29875-9.
- Beaumont, Ron (1985). She Shashishalhem, The Sechelt Language: Language, Stories, and Sayings of the Sechelt Indian people of British Columbia. Penticton, B. C.: Theytus Books.
- null, null. "she shashishalhem Community Portal". www.firstvoices.com. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
- Wood, Stephanie (2014-01-22). "Despite limited resources, indigenous-language programs persevere in B.C." Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- Beaumont, Ronald C. (2011). Sechelt Dictionary.
- First Nations Languages of British Columbia Sechelt page
- OLAC resources in and about the Sechelt language