way̓ x̌ast sx̌lxʕ̌ alt̓ (hello, good day), lim ləmt (thank you) for participating with so much enthusiasm in the nsyilxcən language lesson Monday night. It was great to see the level of participation in trying a few key greetings together. Please take some time to practice them with your friends, colleagues, and family. The more we use them, the more natural they become, which makes using them less intimidating. My door is always open for anyone who wants to say way̓ (hello) and practice the language together.
As promised, please find below:
- two versions of the land acknowledgment for your use
- the explanation of tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ and a sound recording if you’d like to hear the spoken version again
- the nsyilxcən greetings you might like to incorporate into conversation
On behalf of the RDCO
The RDCO acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ (land) of the syilx / Okanagan people who have resided here since time immemorial. We recognize, honour, and respect the syilx / Okanagan lands upon which we live, work, and play.
I acknowledge my presence on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ (land) of the syilx / Okanagan people who have resided here since time immemorial. I recognize, honour, and respect the syilx / Okanagan lands upon which we live, work, and play.
tm̓xʷúlaʔxʷ means the land and everything that lives and interacts on it. It is an all encompassing word that expresses the intersectionality of land and nature.
- way̓ – Hello or goodbye
- iskʷist – My name is
- swit askʷíst? – What is your name?
- lim ləmt – Thank you
- way̓ haʔ ti̓ ʔ kʷ x̌ast? – Hello, how are you?
lim ləmt | Thank you,
Regional District of Central Okanagan