Nk̓ʷusm Salish Language Institute

Our Mission:


Nk̓ʷusm was born from a dream to preserve the power and dignity of Salish voices and Salish Language.

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Our Mission

Nkʷusm is dedicated to recreating a process whereby the Salish Language is passed from parents to children, elder to youth in an effort to holistically preserve the language, perpetuating the Salish way of life and worldview.

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Our Beginnings

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By remembering the past…

Nk̓ʷusm can move ahead with humility, honesty, vision and creativity.

Through school and community activities, Nk̓ʷusm is reaching out to bring people together around the language in an empowering and family friendly way.


The Salish Language Immersion School opened in the fall of 2002

with a preschool and kindergarten class. The school provides a complete academic program with an emphasis on Salish language, culture and history. In 2009 the school graduated its first 8th grade class of four remarkable young people. Currently, the school is open to enrollment of children between the ages of 3 and 5.

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Looking to the future

Nk̓ʷusm is dedicated to perpetuating the Salish language through the continued development of a comprehensive education program that involves people of all ages. Through immersion classes with young people and adults. Nk̓ʷusm is working to make language revitalization a fundamental cornerstone of community and personal pride.

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Our Beginnings

Nk̓ʷusm was born from a dream to preserve the power and dignity of Salish voices and Salish language.

Language is the one true link between a people and their identity. Language can allow future generations to remain connected to the collective memory of their Salish ancestors. Today these voices and memories are fading…