Wolastoq means “beautiful and bountiful river” and refers to the river also known as the Saint John River. Wolastoqiyik are “people of the beautiful and bountiful river” and their language is Wolastoqey. Historically, Europeans referred to Wolastoqiyik by the Mi’kmaw word “Maliseet/Malecite,” which roughly translates to “broken talkers.” According to the 2016 Census, around 350 people, mostly in the Maritimes, speak Wolastoqey today but some experts believe there are less than 60 people who use Wolastoqey as their first language.

Regions Spoken

New Brunswick, Quebec

Number of Speakers

355 (reported as mother tongue)

How to Pronounce


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