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For thousands of years the First Peoples of British Columbia have valued their cultures – cultures that include songs, stories, ceremonies, values, beliefs, ways of life and languages. Today's Aboriginal people continue the tradition of teaching and sharing their language and traditions to pass their knowledge on to future generations.
There are over 34 First Nation languages and 61 dialects in British Columbia, representing 60 per cent of all First Nations languages in Canada. Most of these languages are critically endangered.
Other Aboriginal languages are spoken in British Columbia, including Michif, the language of the Métis people of Canada, as well as Aboriginal languages indigenous to other parts of Canada, such as Cree.
The First Peoples' Cultural Council, previously known as First Peoples' Heritage, Language and Culture Council, is a First Nations-run Crown Corporation established in 1990 by the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Act. It is mandated to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in British Columbia. It provides funding and resources to communities, monitors the status of First Nations languages and develops policy recommendations for First Nations leadership and government.
The First Peoples' Cultural Council is mandated to: