Welcome to the third issue of Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin.
Each week we focus on an Indigenous language in our region. This week we are focusing on the Witsuwit’en language.
Aam ji luu-x̱hln̓aa-t'aatgwin means "it's good for you to stay home" in Nisga'a. In the Witsuwit’en language we say TSIYÏH’ YIKH OH’ DÏZIWLHTSIY: Stay home everybody!
We are happy that you are safe at home and doing your part to protect yourself and your loved ones, especially your Tsets yu (Grandfather), Cha’/Tso’ (your Grandmother), Bah (your father) and Ne’ (your mother), during this COVID-19 pandemic.
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What would Cha’/Tso’ do?
Cha' would most likely say to you with much love…
"TSIYÏH’ YIKH OH’ DÏZIWLHTSIY! Stay home everybody!"
Here are some phrases to try the next time you call your Tsets yu or Cha'. This could be a lonely time for some, so this may brighten their day, and you learn your language at the same time!
So’endzin? How are you?
Honist’iy’ nenyïst’ë’n I’m happy to see you again
Sa’newenyïst’el I haven’t seen you for a long time
Mbï nts’iyitnï What’s your name?
Tabee Honistiyh’ I’m very happy
FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization.
Learn Witsuwit'en here.
Witsuwit'en Wednesdays started in 2017 by Indigenous educator Dolores Alfred and Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. This is a fun way to learn the langauge.
Witsuwit’en Language and Culture Society is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization that seeks to promote a resurgence of Witsuwit'en language and culture to ensure the survival of our ways of being as a distinct people for future generations. Connect via phone 250.847.3166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org