The language of the Heiltsuk is Hailhzaqvla, a living language that expresses our worldview and way of life. Our language connects us to the wisdom and knowledge of our ancestors and infuses our People with valuable insights and understanding.
Maintaining fluency in our language has been challenged by systematic attacks and demands imposed by Crown policies and laws aimed at assimilation. This threat has become increasingly real as only a small number of Elders and members remain fluent.
Our government and community are continually expanding opportunities for our youth and children to learn our language. It is taught in our school, and as part of our ethic of life-long learning.