Gaw Tlagée Xaad Kil



Xaad Kíl Née (XKN) – the Haida Language Office in Gaw Tlagée Old Massett – was founded in 2018 and is the younger sister to the former Xaad Kihlga hl Suu.u Everyone Speak Haida Society, that cared for and strengthened Xaad Kíl from 2005 to 2017. Located in the heart of Gaw Tlagée, XKN aims to promote and accelerate learning, speaking and teaching Xaad Kíl – the Gaw Tlagée dialect of Haida language – by facilitating intergenerational language transmission from the most Elderly fluent generation of Haida speakers to all ages of learners in our community. XKN is committed to the preservation, creation, and distribution of all types of Xaad Kíl resources to assist community Xaad Kíl learners in yahguudáng respect.

The Xaad Kíl Née office is located at the Old Massett Village Council Education Department at 247 Eagle Ave, Old Massett, BC.


Jaasljuus YakgujanaasTeam
Jean WilliamsAdministrative
Adeana YoungResource
Grace JonesProgram

School District 50 Chaan Taawee • Tang.Gwan Siiwaay Guu Ga Taa Isis Ocean Foods Project

As part of our Ocean Food Seasonal Round project in both HlGaagilda Skidegate and Gaw Tlagee Old Massett Haida Language, here is the December 11, 2020 words/phrases of the week to accompany the Ocean Food Seasonal Round Poster and upcoming book. The images are from the book, drawn by Dejah-Lee Busch. The project is a collaborative project between SD #50, SHIP, and the Xaad Kil Nee Haida Language office with support from CHN Communications. – Jaskwaan Bedard


In Old Massett, there are less than a dozen fluent speakers, all of whom are in their 70s and 80s. Many of these elders are passionately working to preserve their mother tongue. The last fluent elders go between the schools, recording room, language nest and adult classes because of their love of Xaad Kil. We give thanks to the fluent Haida language teachers of today: Primrose Adams, Stephen Brown, Emily Geortzen, Claude Jones, Mary Swanson, and Nina Williams and we give thanks to the elders who have passed on but had the foresight to record their stories.

This project is one way for us to keep our storytelling tradition and Xaad Kil, the Old Massett dialect alive.

Yaanii K’uuka

Nuu Story

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