Welcome to the second issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin. Each week we will focus on an Indigenous language in our region. This week we are focusing on the Gitxsan language and using Gitxsan words throughout.
Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin means "it's good for you to stay home" in Nisga'a. In the Gitxsan language we say Xhla wansim "stay home" Guuxw ama gyaatxwsim "take care of yourselves."
We are happy that you are all safe at home and doing your part to protect yourselves and your loved ones, especially your Ye’e (Grandfather), Ts’iits’n (your Grandmother), nigwoot’n (your father) and noon (your mother), during this COVID-19 pandemic.
We will continue to provide support by keeping you up-to-date with the latest news at CMTN, sharing ideas with you to keep a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and learning tips, recipes, and much more.
Please share with us how you are keeping up with your studies through remote delivery, how you are keeping active, how you are entertaining your kids, etc.
We would love share information on sites you may have found to offer free e-books, online music concerts and more in our next issue.
Enjoy, take care, and stay safe.
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What would Tsi'its do?
T’siit’s would most likely say to you with much love…
Xhla wansim! Stay home!
Hatakxwhl ha siipxw ba’yt xsap dii’m. A bad illness is running rampant amongst us.
Guuxw ama gyaatxwsim. Take care of yourselves.
Here are some phrases to try the next time you call your Ye’e or Ts’iits’n. This could be a lonely time for some, so this may brighten their day, and you learn your language at the same time!
Phonetic pronunciation is provided in brackets, but ask for help with pronunciation to really grasp the language.
Hindahl wila win? (Hin dalth willa win) How are you?
Amhl willa wil’y (umhl willa will ee) I am doing fine/great
Luugwilam (Lou quill am) Very good
Wii o'oy niin (We yo e neen) I like/love you
Wii o’oy’ nisim (We yo e nism) I like/love you all
Hamiyaa (Humi ya) Thank you
Dim hli moo’y ‘niin (dim hli moyee neen) I will help you
Hlabixsxw ‘ni’y (hla bish sh nee’e) I am tired
Siipxw ‘ni’y (sec poo wx nee-e) I am sick
Siipkxw ‘nii na? (see poo wx neena) Are you sick?
Wilp siipxw (Wilp seep who) Hospital (house of sickness)
Source: Gitxsan Phrase Book for Health Care Providers (Northwest East Aboriginal Health Improvement Committee). The book is available online at indigenoushealthnh.ca