The Yukon Native Language Centre is a training and research facility which provides a range of linguistic and educational services to Yukon First Nations and to the general public. It is located in the Commons wing of Yukon College, Ayamdigut Campus, Whitehorse, Canada. The Centre is administered by the Council of Yukon First Nations with funds provided by the Government of Yukon.
News and Conferences
Liard First Nation Community Language Planning Session - November 13-16, 2018 at the Watson Lake Ski Chalet
We need your input! All LFN members are invited to attend, give input, and share thoughts on the language planning process.
Sealaska Heritage Regional Native Language Summit - November 13-15, 2018 in Juneau. Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will hold a regional Native language summit for the remaining fluent speakers of Lingít (Tlingit), Xaad Kíl (Haida) and Sm’algyax (Tsimshian) living in Southeast Alaska and among the Interior Tlingit who share clan membership with the coastal Tlingit.
Ta’an Kwach’an Council (TKC) and the Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) are partnering to offer a language training program in Southern Tutchone (Ta’an Dialect)
The Kaska online “talking” dictionary has been developed in partnership with the Ross River Dena Council, Liard First Nation, The Daylu Dena Council, and Yukon Education through a SSHRC Partnership Grant and with the support of Heritage Canada and the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society through the Aboriginal Language Initiatives Program. It provides both text and sound for Kaska words and example sentences. The dictionary makes use of the Tshwane-Lex (T-Lex) dictionary database. Words and example sentences are being continually added to the dictionary and we hope to add a search function in the coming year.
The Kaska language lessons were developed in partnership with the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society with support from Heritage Canada’s Aboriginal Language Initiative Program. The lessons include scripted conversations, and sentences illustrating language structures used in everyday interactions such as yes-no questions, information questions, positive and negative responses, direction terms and many other topics. The language lessons have been used in both adult language lessons in Watson Lake and in Kaska language courses at UBC. The lessons include both text and push-and-play sound.