1925: BC pioneers banquet
Chinook was there!
The cartoon accompanying the article
Past Glimpsed as B.C. Native Sons Banquet Pioneers
Tributes Are Paid by “Marks of Appreciation.”
YOUTHS OF 80 IN ATTENDANCE
Happy Toasts — Some Make Reply in Chinook.
— from the Vancouver (BC) Province, Sat, May 9, 1925
The page image available to me doesn’t resolve terribly well beyond the headline level, but I can see that “Mr. M. Wales of Langford, who came to British Columbia in 1852 [?], briefly expressed his pleasure at being present, opening his remarks in Chinook.”
That’s a very early Settler indeed, for BC. Judging from the date (if I’m reading it right), I’d think he either came to Fort Victoria or was employed in a BC interior fur fort.