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.

NamePronunciation
AhousahtA-house-sat
AitchelitzA-che-leets
AiyanshEye-ANSH
?Akisq’nukA-kiss-qe-nuk
CayooseKiy-oos
ChawathilShi-wath-il
CheamChee-am
ChehalisChe-HAY-lis / Sh-HAY-lis
ChemainusTz-MAY-nus / Sh-MAY-nus
CheslattaChess-LAH-ta
Clayoquat (Tla-o-qui-aht)Clay-kwot
CowichanCow-ut-zun
DakelhKa-kelh
Da’naxda’xw (formerly Tanakteuk)Da-NUK-dah
Delgamuuk’wDEL-ga-mook
Dene Tsaa Tse K’Nai (now Prophet River)De-ney Sah Say Neigh
DitidahtDee-tee-dot / Dee-tee-dat
EhattesahtEh-hat-eh-sat
EsketemcEs-KET-em
EsquimaltEss-KWY-malt
Gingoix / GingolxGin-GOL-ch
GitanmaaxGit-an-maax
GitanyowGIT-an-yow
Gitga’atGIT-gat
GitlakdamixGit-lah-d-aa-mix
Gitmaxmak’aygit-MUHH-muhh-HI
GitseguklaGit-zee-gee-u-kla
GitwangakGit-win-gah
GitwinksihlkwGit-win-k-shisq
Gitxaala (Kitkatla)GHEET-h-khat-la
Gitksan / GitxsanGIT-san
Gwa’Sala-Nakwaxda’xw (Tsulquate)Gwa-Sala Nak-wah-dah
HagwilgetHag-wil-get
HaidaHIGH-dah
HaislaHyzlah
HalaltHa-lalt
HamatlaHam-AT-lah
HeiltsukHAIL-tsuk
HesquiahtHESS-kwee-at
Hul’qumi’numHul-ka-MEE-num
Hupacasath (Opetchesaht)Who-petch-ah-set
Huu-ay-ahtHoo-EYE-at / Hoo-AY-at
In-SHUCK-chIn-SHOOK-ch
IskutIss-kut
KanakaKa-KNOCK-a
KatzieKUT-zee
Ka:’yu:’k’t’h’/Che:k:tles7et’h’ (formerly Kyuquot)Ky-YOU-cut
KispioxKISS-pee-ox
KitamaatKIT-a-mat
KitasooKit-AH-soo
KitselasGit-SEL-as
KitsumkalumKIT-tsem-k-ay-lem
KlahooseKla-HOOS
KluskusKlus-kus
K’omoks (Comox)Co-mox
KtunaxaTun-AH-hah
KwadachaKwa-dah-cha
KwagiulthKwa-gulth
KwakiutlKwog-you-tul
Kwakwaka’ wakwKwalk-walk-ya-walk / Kwalk-walk-ya-walk-wuh
Kwaw-kwaw-ApiltKwa-kwa-a-pilt
KwiakahKWEE-kah
Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwaw-ah-mishKweek-soo-tain-nuk-an-kwa-a-meesh
Kwikwetlem (Coquitlam)Kway-quit-lum
Laich-Kwil-TachLack-KWIL-tach
Laxgalt’sap / LakalzapLak-al-zap
Lax-kw’alaamsLa-kwa-lahms
Leq’á:mel (formerly Lakahahmen)La-camel
Lheidli T’ennehKlate-lee Ten-eh
LyacksonLay-ik-sen
Maa-nulthMah-NULTH
MalahatMalah-hat
Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’EmMamma-leel-eh-quala-quee-qwa-soot-ee-nuk
MatsquiMat-squee
MetlakatlaMet-la-kat-la
MowachahtMow-ah-chat
MuchalahtMooch-al-aht
MusgamagwMOOSE-ga-muh
MusqueamMUSS-quee-um
Nadleh WhutenNad-lay Woo-ten
Nak’azdliNa-k-ahz-dlee
NamgisNOM-gees
Naut’sa MawtNOT-sa MOTT
NazkoNAZ-koh
Nee-Tahi-BuhnNee-tahee-boon
NeskonlithNes-con-lith
Nisga’aNis-gah
Nlaka-pamuxIng-khla-kap-muh
NooaitchNoo-eye-ch
N’Quatqua / N’Quat’QuaN-kwat-kwa
NuchatlahtNoo-HAT-lat
Nuu-chah-nulthNew-cha-nulth
NuxalkNOO-hulk
OsoyoosO-soy-use
Pacheedaht / PacheenahtPah-chee-da
PauquachinPak-quw-chin
PenelakutPen-EL-ah-kut
Qayqayt (New West)Kee-kite
QualicumKWAH-lik-uhm
QuatsinoQuat-seeno
Saik’uzSake-ooz
SamahquamSam-ah-kwam
SaulteauSaul-toe
ScowlitzScow-litz
SecheltSEA-shelt
SecwepemcShi-HUEP-muh / She-KWE-pem
(Carrier) SekaniSeh-KAH-nee
ShackanShah-ken
ShuswapShoe-swap
Shxwhá:y (Formerly Skway)Sh-why
Shxw’ow’hamelSh-wow-HA-mel
SimilkameenSi-MIL-kuh-meen
SimpcwSimp-qwuh
SiskaSis-kah
SkatinSkah-teen
SkawahlookSkwa-ha-look
SkeetchestnSkeet-ch-sin
SkookumchuckSkoo-kum-chuck
SkowkaleSko-kale
SkuppahSkup-pa
SkwahSquah
SliammonSLIGH-am-un
SnuneymuxwSnoo-NAI-muk / Snuh-NAY-mow
SongheesSong-hees
SoowahlieSoo-wall-ee
SpallumcheenSpal-um-sheen
SquamishSKWA-mish
SquialaSkwye-ala
Sto:LoSTOH-lo
Stellat’enStell-at-in
Stl’atl’imc / Stl’atl’imx / St’át’imcStat-lee-um
TahltanTall-tan
Takla LakeTack-lah Lake
Taku River TlingitTA-koo River Kling-git
Te’mexwTuh-MUK
Teslin TlingitTES-lin Kling-git
T’it’q’et / T’it’kitTlee-tl-cut
Tla-o-qui-aht (Clayoquat)Clay-kwot
TlatlasikwalaTla-tla-see-kwa-la
Tl’azt’enTLAZ-din
Tl’etinqox-t’inClay-teen-co-teen
TlowitsisTla-oe-was-zees
ToquahtToe-quat
TsartlipSart-lip
TsawataineukTsa-wa-tay-nook
TsawoutTsa-woot
Tsawwassentah-WASS-en
Tsay Keh DeneSay Keh De-NEH
TseshahtTse-shat
TseycumTsay-kum
Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin)Tsill-COAT-ten
TsimshianSim-SHE-an
Ts’kw’aylaxwTS-KWHY-lux
Tsleil-waututhtSLAY-wah-tooth
T’Sou-keSook
TzeachtenChak-tun
UchucklesahtU-CHUK-le-sat
UclueletYou-CLUE-let
UlkatchoUl-gat-cho
Vuntut GwitchinVun-tut Gwit-chen
Wei Wai KaiWee Way Kay
Wei Wai KumWee Way Kum
Wet’suwet’enWet-SOO-wet-en
WinalagalisWin-LAG-a-lees
Wiumasgum-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’EmWe-um-ass-goom-kway-kwa-sot-em
Wuikinuxv (Oweekeno)O-wik-en-o
Xaxli’pHAA-clip
Xeni Gwet’inHa-nay Gwet-een
Xwémalhkwu (Homalco)Ho-mall-ko
YakweakwiooseYak-week-wee-oose
YekoocheYe-KOO-chay

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