X̱aad Kil / X̱aaydaa Kil (Haida)

Historically, each village in Haida territory spoke their language a little differently. With the impacts of smallpox, residential schools, and relocation to Indian Reserves, many of the dialects are no longer spoken. The X̱aaydaa (Haida) people now generally live in only three communitiies on their territory: Massett, Skidegate, and Hydaburg (Alaska). Although there are still noticeable differences between the way that elders from different villages speak, there seems to be a lessening of dialect differences according to where the language speakers currently live. X̱aad Kil is the name for the language as it is spoken in Massett and X̱aaydaa Kil is the name for the language in Skidegate.

First NationPopulationFluent SpeakersUnderstand or Speak SomewhatLearning Speakers
Old Masset Village Council0
Skidegate Band Council1662[[7957]]
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Haida
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Xaad Kil