Pronunciation Guide to First Nations in British Columbia

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This chart is a guide to the pronunciation of British Columbia First Nations.

Name Pronunciation
Ahousaht A-house-sat
Aitchelitz A-che-leets
Aiyansh Eye-ANSH
?Akisq’nuk A-kiss-qe-nuk
Cayoose Kiy-oos
Chawathil Shi-wath-il
Cheam Chee-am
Chehalis Che-HAY-lis / Sh-HAY-lis
Chemainus Tz-MAY-nus / Sh-MAY-nus
Cheslatta Chess-LAH-ta
Clayoquat (Tla-o-qui-aht) Clay-kwot
Cowichan Cow-ut-zun
Dakelh Ka-kelh
Da’naxda’xw (formerly Tanakteuk) Da-NUK-dah
Delgamuuk’w DEL-ga-mook
Dene Tsaa Tse K’Nai (now Prophet River) De-ney Sah Say Neigh
Ditidaht Dee-tee-dot / Dee-tee-dat
Ehattesaht Eh-hat-eh-sat
Esketemc Es-KET-em
Esquimalt Ess-KWY-malt
Gingoix / Gingolx Gin-GOL-ch
Gitanmaax Git-an-maax
Gitanyow GIT-an-yow
Gitga’at GIT-gat
Gitlakdamix Git-lah-d-aa-mix
Gitmaxmak’ay git-MUHH-muhh-HI
Gitsegukla Git-zee-gee-u-kla
Gitwangak Git-win-gah
Gitwinksihlkw Git-win-k-shisq
Gitxaala (Kitkatla) GHEET-h-khat-la
Gitksan / Gitxsan GIT-san
Gwa’Sala-Nakwaxda’xw (Tsulquate) Gwa-Sala Nak-wah-dah
Hagwilget Hag-wil-get
Haida HIGH-dah
Haisla Hyzlah
Halalt Ha-lalt
Hamatla Ham-AT-lah
Heiltsuk HAIL-tsuk
Hesquiaht HESS-kwee-at
Hul’qumi’num Hul-ka-MEE-num
Hupacasath (Opetchesaht) Who-petch-ah-set
Huu-ay-aht Hoo-EYE-at / Hoo-AY-at
In-SHUCK-ch In-SHOOK-ch
Iskut Iss-kut
Kanaka Ka-KNOCK-a
Katzie KUT-zee
Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ (formerly Kyuquot) Ky-YOU-cut
Kispiox KISS-pee-ox
Kitamaat KIT-a-mat
Kitasoo Kit-AH-soo
Kitselas Git-SEL-as
Kitsumkalum KIT-tsem-k-ay-lem
Klahoose Kla-HOOS
Kluskus Klus-kus
K’omoks (Comox) Co-mox
Ktunaxa Tun-AH-hah
Kwadacha Kwa-dah-cha
Kwagiulth Kwa-gulth
Kwakiutl Kwog-you-tul
Kwakwaka’ wakw Kwalk-walk-ya-walk / Kwalk-walk-ya-walk-wuh
Kwaw-kwaw-Apilt Kwa-kwa-a-pilt
Kwiakah KWEE-kah
Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwaw-ah-mish Kweek-soo-tain-nuk-an-kwa-a-meesh
Kwikwetlem (Coquitlam) Kway-quit-lum
Laich-Kwil-Tach Lack-KWIL-tach
Laxgalt’sap / Lakalzap Lak-al-zap
Lax-kw’alaams La-kwa-lahms
Leq’á:mel (formerly Lakahahmen) La-camel
Lheidli T’enneh Klate-lee Ten-eh
Lyackson Lay-ik-sen
Maa-nulth Mah-NULTH
Malahat Malah-hat
Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em Mamma-leel-eh-quala-quee-qwa-soot-ee-nuk
Matsqui Mat-squee
Metlakatla Met-la-kat-la
Mowachaht Mow-ah-chat
Muchalaht Mooch-al-aht
Musgamagw MOOSE-ga-muh
Musqueam MUSS-quee-um
Nadleh Whuten Nad-lay Woo-ten
Nak’azdli Na-k-ahz-dlee
Namgis NOM-gees
Naut’sa Mawt NOT-sa MOTT
Nazko NAZ-koh
Nee-Tahi-Buhn Nee-tahee-boon
Neskonlith Nes-con-lith
Nisga’a Nis-gah
Nlaka-pamux Ing-khla-kap-muh
Nooaitch Noo-eye-ch
N’Quatqua / N’Quat’Qua N-kwat-kwa
Nuchatlaht Noo-HAT-lat
Nuu-chah-nulth New-cha-nulth
Nuxalk NOO-hulk
Osoyoos O-soy-use
Pacheedaht / Pacheenaht Pah-chee-da
Pauquachin Pak-quw-chin
Penelakut Pen-EL-ah-kut
Qayqayt (New West) Kee-kite
Qualicum KWAH-lik-uhm
Quatsino Quat-seeno
Saik’uz Sake-ooz
Samahquam Sam-ah-kwam
Saulteau Saul-toe
Scowlitz Scow-litz
Sechelt SEA-shelt
Secwepemc Shi-HUEP-muh / She-KWE-pem
(Carrier) Sekani Seh-KAH-nee
Shackan Shah-ken
Shuswap Shoe-swap
Shxwhá:y (Formerly Skway) Sh-why
Shxw’ow’hamel Sh-wow-HA-mel
Similkameen Si-MIL-kuh-meen
Simpcw Simp-qwuh
Siska Sis-kah
Skatin Skah-teen
Skawahlook Skwa-ha-look
Skeetchestn Skeet-ch-sin
Skookumchuck Skoo-kum-chuck
Skowkale Sko-kale
Skuppah Skup-pa
Skwah Squah
Sliammon SLIGH-am-un
Snuneymuxw Snoo-NAI-muk / Snuh-NAY-mow
Songhees Song-hees
Soowahlie Soo-wall-ee
Spallumcheen Spal-um-sheen
Squamish SKWA-mish
Squiala Skwye-ala
Sto:Lo STOH-lo
Stellat’en Stell-at-in
Stl’atl’imc / Stl’atl’imx / St’át’imc Stat-lee-um
Tahltan Tall-tan
Takla Lake Tack-lah Lake
Taku River Tlingit TA-koo River Kling-git
Te’mexw Tuh-MUK
Teslin Tlingit TES-lin Kling-git
T’it’q’et / T’it’kit Tlee-tl-cut
Tla-o-qui-aht (Clayoquat) Clay-kwot
Tlatlasikwala Tla-tla-see-kwa-la
Tl’azt’en TLAZ-din
Tl’etinqox-t’in Clay-teen-co-teen
Tlowitsis Tla-oe-was-zees
Toquaht Toe-quat
Tsartlip Sart-lip
Tsawataineuk Tsa-wa-tay-nook
Tsawout Tsa-woot
Tsawwassen tah-WASS-en
Tsay Keh Dene Say Keh De-NEH
Tseshaht Tse-shat
Tseycum Tsay-kum
Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) Tsill-COAT-ten
Tsimshian Sim-SHE-an
Ts’kw’aylaxw TS-KWHY-lux
Tsleil-waututh tSLAY-wah-tooth
T’Sou-ke Sook
Tzeachten Chak-tun
Uchucklesaht U-CHUK-le-sat
Ucluelet You-CLUE-let
Ulkatcho Ul-gat-cho
Vuntut Gwitchin Vun-tut Gwit-chen
Wei Wai Kai Wee Way Kay
Wei Wai Kum Wee Way Kum
Wet’suwet’en Wet-SOO-wet-en
Winalagalis Win-LAG-a-lees
Wiumasgum-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em We-um-ass-goom-kway-kwa-sot-em
Wuikinuxv (Oweekeno) O-wik-en-o
Xaxli’p HAA-clip
Xeni Gwet’in Ha-nay Gwet-een
Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) Ho-mall-ko
Yakweakwioose Yak-week-wee-oose
Yekooche Ye-KOO-chay

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