SENĆOŦEN / Malchosen / Lekwungen / Semiahmoo / T’Sou-ke

The First Nations that speak this language do not have a single name for the language. Instead, there is a different name for the language in each dialect: SENĆOŦEN, Malchosen, Lekwungen, Semiahmoo, and T’Sou-ke. Although the First Nations prefer their own names for their language, linguists have called these five dialects "Northern Straits Salish". These five dialects are spoken by the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) peoples and their closely related neighbours from the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, southern Vancouver Island and the southern edge of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia.

Statement about language health: 
SENĆOŦEN is the dialect with the largest number of fluent speakers. The Lekwungen and Malchosen dialects do not currently have any fluent speakers and may be considered "sleeping"[[Deanna Daniels, personal communication to Towagh Behr, April 16, 2008.]].
First NationPopulationFluent SpeakersUnderstand or Speak SomewhatLearning Speakers
Scia'new (Beecher Bay)257[[8242]]
SXIMEȽEȽ (Esquimalt)306[[8094]]
MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat)258
BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin)365[[8156]]
SEMYOME (Semiahmoo)80
Songhees Nation630[[8356]]
W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip)881[[8158]]
SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout)749[[8157]]
W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum)152[[8159]]
T'Sou-ke Nation0
Region: 
Other language names: 
Northern Straits Salish
Language family: 
Salishan
Language subfamily: 
Coast Salish