Our first language is Ucmalmicwts

lil'wat nationThe first language of the Lil’wat, and other Interior Salish people, is Ucwalmicwts. It is in this language that the stories that bind our people to the land were first spoken.

It is only in our language that we can communicate with our true spirit, the very essence of who we are as Lil’wat7ul. Linguists, working together with Lil’wat have created a writing system with which the Lil’wat community is recording and teaching its language and history.

Today, regional schools teach the language to our youth. Additionally, Simon Fraser University in cooperation with Lil’wat offers courses in Ucwalmicwts linguistics. Through our thoughts and actions, we are committed to keeping Ucwalmicwts a living language.