Kanaka Bar one community that makes up the Nlaka'pamux Nation. There are a varity of dilects and the language that is spoken here is Nlakapamchin. Our language has been described by others as an Interior Salish dialect and has many similarities with the Statlimx and Shuswap people's language. It is an oral language only and there was no writing style that pre-dated contact although there exists today at least 17 different ways to "spell" our language and Kanaka has chosen to use no writing style and prefer to use verbal and images to teach. Some words are used throughout our webpage though and we thank the persons who created these intial spellings.
Kanaka Bar has had a very succesful weekly language class that started September 2022, it is presently still running every Tuesday.
There was a language and culture retreat held Feburary 2023 and there will be a language and culture confrence Novemeber 2023.
Please click on the drop-down menus below to see an hear the words and phrases of our people.