Kinship terms within the Hul’q’umi’num’ territory

Sonya Charlie

About me
I am a busy mother and I completed my MA at SFU. My parents are Darlene Sylvester Sunatiye’ and Arvid Charlie Lushiim, from whom I inherited a love for my language and the importance of my cultural heritage. I enjoy doing research and look forward to passing our language on to the upcoming generations.

My thesis
This project discusses kinship terms in Hul’q’umi’num’, a Coast Salish language of British Columbia. The goal of the project is to explain kinship terms in a fashion that is accessible to language learners so that future generations will be aware of the different meanings for vocabulary referring to immediate family, extended family, and in-laws. Information gathered for this project comes from elders within our community. I use stories to help illustrate how to use kinship terms in our Hul’q’umi’num’ language.

Keywords: Hul’q’umi’num’; kinship terms; Coast Salish