The Haida Language has been classified as an endangered language as less than half of the adult population of Haida Gwaii speaks the language. The Haida language is a linguistic isolate and is spoken only in Haida Gwaii and southeast Alaska.
Skidegate Haida Immersion Program (S.H.I.P.)
The goal of the S.H.I.P. is to preserve and revitalize Skidegate Haida Language, to have it once again become the language spoken in households so that future generations of Haida people will speak the Skidegate Haida Language and pass it on to their children.
S.H.I.P. has been recording the Skidegate Haida Language, and has produced over 100 instructional CD-ROM’s. Within the S.H.I.P. Program there are 10 very committed and dedicated Elders — the average age is 80 years old — who are fluent speakers of the Skidegate Haida Language. The Elders attend S.H.I.P. five days a week, ten months of the year. They represent approximately half of today’s fluent Skidegate Haida speakers. Their efforts to revitalize the Skidegate Haida Language are genuine, and from the heart.
If you are interested in supporting Haida language work in Skidegate, please contact S.H.I.P. at 250.559.9073 / firstname.lastname@example.org / or at PO Box 1235 Skidegate, BC VOT 1S1.
Xaad Kihlgaa Hl Suu.u Society
Xaad Kihlgaa Hl Suu.u Society is an umbrella organization for all the Haida language revitalization efforts in the communities of Masset and Old Massett. For over thirty years now, the Haida language has been taught in the schools. Xaad Kil Gwaaygangee, the Old Massett Haida Language Nest, began in 2005 and continues to this day.
XKHS has created invaluable and fruitful partnerships, the outcomes of which include several films, curricula development, mentorship classes and initiatives, exhibitions and catalogues, and certification with Simon Fraser University that allows students to obtain their Haida Language Proficiency Certificate.
If you are interested in supporting the language work in Massett, please contact:
Jusquan Amanda Bedard, Xaad Kil Gwaaygangee Coordinator at 250-626-5135 or
Lucille Bell XKHS Administrator at 250-626-3310.