tuwa akʷs χoχoɬ ʔa xʷ yiχmɛtɛt (ʔa) kʷʊms hɛhaw tʊms gɩǰɛ
“Care takers of the ‘land of plenty’ since time immemorial”
(Language: ʔay̓aǰuθəm (eye-uhh-juu-eth-em))
The K’ómoks First Nation is proud to be a part of two dominant cultures, Northern Coast Salish as well as Kwakwaka’wakw. Although our last fluent speakers, Irene Wilson and Mary Clifton, died in 1994, K’ómoks has a few language warriors working towards bringing back the Island K’ómoks Dialect, ʔayajuθəm. K’ómoks is currently learning ʔayajuθəm, which is the mainland K’ómoks dialect. K’ómoks is proud to have Kwakwaka’wakw Culture as well. We are happy to be inclusive of all of our cultures through revitalization of our Northern Coast Salish roots and celebration of Kwakwaka’wakw culture. Kwak̓wala has been the most accessible language for K’ómoks to celebrate. K’ómoks has a Big House that has been used to potlatch and celebrate in the Kwakwaka’wakw Culture.
To bring back ʔayajuθəm the K’ómoks First Nation Cultural Coordinator has been working closely with our sister nations, Homalco, Tla’amin, and Klahoose, who share the same traditional language. We are collaborating as a working group to find a way that we can all share in language and cultural teachings between our nations and how we can share this information with our communities.