Language: Comox
Family: Central Salish
Stock: Salish
Phylum: Mosan
Macro-Culture: Northwest Coast
Speakers   (1991 M. Dale Kincade)  
      The Comox were a sedentary coastal hunter language group that relied heavily on fishing. They were located on the east coast of Vancouver Island, including both sides of Discovery Passage. They suffered from the White influx and war with other tribes.
Aboriginal Locations
BC      Clahoose, Comox, Eeksen, Homalko, Kaake, Kakekt, Sliammon, Tatpoos
Present Locations
BC Comox Indian Band, Courtenay
  Homalco Indian Band, Campbell River
  Klahoose First Nation, Squirrel Cove
  Sliammon First Nation, Powell River
Year History
1792 Visited by Capt. George Vancouver, later by Spaniards Valdes and Galiano
1827 Hudson Bay Company founded Fort Langley
1862 Smallpox epidemic
186X Forced to move south by Lewiltok raids, arrival of Catholic missionaries
1884 Potlatch banned in British Columbia
1951 Potlatch ban lifted
Year BC Population   Source
1700 2,700   NAHDB calculation
1780 1,800   Mooney estimate
1800 1,800   NAHDB calculation
1900 350   NAHDB calculation
1906 324   Official
1987 987   Canadian Department of Indian Affairs
2000 1,800   NAHDB calculation
2001 423   Homalco Band only
2005 1,547   All other bands (Indian Life Online)
Other speakers of the same language:
Comox Tribe Sites:
Bute Inlet
Comox Archives and Museum
Comox Language
Comox Langauge
Comox Language
Comox Linguistic Lineage
Comox Valley History
Courtrenay, BC
First Nations History in the Gulf Islands
Homalo Indian Band
I-HOS Gallery
Klahoose Dancers
Klahoose Indian Band
Sliammon, A Brief History
Sliammon First Nation
Sliammon First Nation
Sliammon Indian Band
Sliammon Indian Reserve
Sliammon Treaty Society
Xwemalhkwu Nation

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