Yukon Native Language Centre Update
March 18, 2020 - Please be advised that the Yukon Native Language Centre staff will be working from home where possible, and that the language centre will be closed until further notice. The health and safety of everyone involved in Yukon First Nation language training, curriculum development, archiving and digitizing, recording audio and video and many community language initiatives, and especially work with our Fluent Speakers and Elders, is of the utmost importance to us. Click here for more information.
Language Events and Gatherings
General Language Events
Gwichʼin Language Gathering, Part II
Jan. 17, 2020 - Join us for a language gathering Friday, January 31, 2020 at YNLC. This is a follow-up meeting to a gathering that was held in December 2019. We would like to continue our discussion about development of Gwichʼin language programming for citizens and Gwichʼin language speakers & learners living in Whitehorse. Please join us to provide input and ideas!
Beginner Gwich'in Language Intensive - Call For Applicants
Dec. 17, 2019 - 12 weeks between February 3rd, 2020 to May 1st, 2020. Application deadline: January 15, 2020.
In this twelve-week program, we will go through the Gwich’in 1 and Gwich’in Googwandak 1 courses. We use a direct acquisition methodology developed by School of Spokane. The classes are in full immersion. This will be a full-time study for students who can dedicate time to learn this material quickly and efficiently.
View the Call for Applicants Poster
Gwich'in Language Gathering - Postponed
Dec. 11, 2019 - 5:00 to 7:00 PM at YNLC.
The Gwich'in Language Gathering is postponed to Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
Do you want to see Gwich'in Language programming in Whitehorse? Please join us to provide input and ideas! View the poster for details
Telling Stories to Save a Language... Ndoo Tr'eedya Gogwaandak (Forward Togehter): Vuntut Gwitchin Stories on CBC Ideas
Friday, June 21 - 9:00pm - Gwaandak Theatre and Vuntut Gwitchin Government, along with CBC Ideas, invite you to tune in this Friday on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Join host Paul Kennedy and listen to Vuntut Gwitchin radio plays and music recorded live at The Old Fire Hall in Whitehorse in March 2019. The special broadcast also features interviews with Vuntut Gwitchin language and culture champions. That’s at 9 pm this Friday June 21st on CBC. And if you’re busy celebrating that evening, you can listen online later.
Ndoo Tr'eedyaa Gogwaandak (Forward Together) -Vuntut Gwitchin Stories on CBC Ideas, June 21, 9 pm live or listen later: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas
Use of Videoconferencing in Kaska Language by Victoria F. Sear
April 26, 2020 - Connection, Collaboration and Community: Reflections on the use of Videoconferencing in Kaska Language Documentation, Revitalization and Education - A Thesis by Victoria Frances Sear.
Kaska Language Workshop
Feb. 12, 2020 - Join us for a Kaska Language Program Workshop on February 18-20, 2020 at the Watson Lake Curling Lounge. All are welcome! GŪZĀ́GĪ GŪTĪE SŪ́DZENEHʼĪN. View the poster for details.
Selkirk First Nation Language Gathering
Jan. 22, 2020 - Join us for a language gathering on February 4 & 5, 2020 at the Link building. The Language Gathering is an opportunity for SFN Citizens to discuss the revitalization of the Northern Tutchone Language. Everyone is invited! View the poster for details.
kwäjanä̀da kwänì videoApril 3, 2020 - "They say there is a sickness going around” video by Luke Campbell – Southern Tutchone – Champagne and Aishihik First Nation. Click here to watch the video.
KDFN Language Gathering
Jan. 6, 2020 - Join us for a language gathering January 25 & 26, 2020 at Na Kwa Ta Ku (potlatch house). Learn more about language revitalization, language events and activities being planned, and how you can become involved.
Are you interested in taking a Dän kʼè (Southern Tutchone) intensive course with Champagne and Aishihik First Nation?
Aug. 27, 2019 - CAFN will be offering a 3 month language intensive course (October - December). View the poster for details
Kashook’ Áa Ḵaa Ee Dultóowu Yé - Tlingit Language Massive Open Online Course
June 25, 2020 - Outer Coast is excited to be offering its first Tlingit Language open online course. Kashook’ Áa Ḵaa Ee Dultóowu Yé will offer an opportunity for all levels of language learners to practice Tlingit in a welcoming online environment. MCed by X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, this course will invite elders and other teachers from across Southeast Alaska to lead classes and share their knowledge. The course will also facilitate specialized conversation sections where learners of all levels can practice the language with others of their ability.
Kashook’ Áa Ḵaa Ee Dultóowu Yé is offered at no cost to all who wish to participate. This course begins Monday, June 29 and ends Friday, July 31. All sessions will run 7:00 – 8:30pm over Zoom. Click here to view details and register.
Lingít Language Classes
June 24, 2020 - Join Carcross Tagish First Nation for Lingít Language Classes every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00pm on Zoom! Classes will take a break starting June 26 and will resume on July 21. Click here to view details.
Ànàłahàsh and Kèyishí Stories in the Tlingit Language
Dec. 5, 2019 - Join the Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) and Dr. James Crippen (Dzweish) for a week of Tlingit stories. Dzweish will cover several of Ànàłahàsh (Sam Johnston) and Kèyishí’s (Bessie Cooley) stories in the YNLC library.
Dec. 16 to 20, 2019 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily at the Yukon Native Language Centre. View the poster for details.
Upper Tanana Basic Language Lessons
Jan. 23, 2019 - Join Jolenda Johnny for Upper Tanana basic language lessons at the drop-in centre from January 7th to March 31st, 2020. View the poster for details.
A (brief) Introduction to Technology for Language Documentation
June 19, 2020 - Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawén:na invites you to a three-part workshop with Andrea Berez-Kroeker (University of Hawaii at Manōa) introducing technologies for Indigenous language documentation. If you make audio recordings, transcribe audio, work with audio or video recordings as a language learner or teacher, or create resources with audio or video, this workshop is for you! Registration is limited to 15 participants - please register before Friday, 03 July. Click here to view details.
Roots and Stems Indigenous language Podcasts from Sealaska Heritage
June 19, 2020 - Roots and Stems explores ways to support and join language revitalization efforts. Hosted by Sealaska Heritage, an Alaska Native nonprofit organization, the podcast features interviews with those in the field sharing their experiences in language learning and community. Click here to listen to podcasts.
"Encouragement Phrases" Posters Available for all Yukon First Nation Languages
May 7, 2020 - The Yukon Native Language Centre, Council of Yukon First Nations and respective Yukon First Nations, are pleased to provide posters and pictures of “Encouragement Phrases” in all 8 Yukon First Nations languages. We hope that these downloadable posters and pictures will provide you, your family and friends with the opportunity to exchange encouraging phrases in your language during this time. Please do share with as many folks as you can and feel free to reproduce as posters, placemats, etc.
Click on your language to view the posters:
Yukon First Nations Language Proficiency Programs - Spring (Winter) and Summer 2019-2020 - Registration is now open!
Dec. 5, 2019 - The Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) – Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) are excited to offer another academic year of Yukon First Nations Language Proficiency Programs. If you wish to acquire conversational and literacy skills and/or advanced oral proficiency in your language, then these are the programs for you! All courses are taught with the expertise and knowledge of language revitalization practitioners, linguists and/or fluent speakers. Prioirty is given to Yukon First Nations citizens and language teacher trainees and vacant seats are open to the public at a cost. Tuition and student fees are provided for Yukon First Nation citizens. Honoraria, travel and per diems are covered for fluent speakers. Register now as seats are limited and courses fill up very fast.
Registration is now open.
Paul Creek Curriculum Training
Dec. 9, 2019 - Join the Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) and the Salish School of Spokane on March 26-27, 2020 for two days of training on the Paul Creek Curriculum and the Direct Acquisition Approach to language teaching and learning. All are welcome! View the poster for details.
First Nation Language Proficiency Programs
Dec. 14, 2019 - Learn your First Nation Language using proven methods in a culturally respectful and safe learning environment. Registration is now open.
Yukon First Nations Language Proficiency Programs - 2019-2020
Certificate (27 credits) or Diploma (30 credits)
The Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) – Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN) and Simon Fraser University (SFU) are excited to offer another academic year of Yukon First Nations Language Proficiency Programs. If you wish to acquire conversational and literacy skills and/or advanced oral proficiency in your language, then these are the programs for you! All courses are taught with the expertise and knowledge of language revitalization practitioners, linguists and/or fluent speakers. Tuition and student fees are provided for Yukon First Nation citizens. Register now as seats are limited and courses fill up very fast.
Registration begins July 29, 2019 at 8:30a.m. For more information, please contact YNLC at 867-668-8820 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Kohklux Map Potlach
Oct.16, 2019 - Champagne and Aishihik is hosting its own celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Kohklux Map at Da Kų Cultural Centre. The celebratory events take place Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. View the poster for details
The Path to Fluency - Lessons in Language Revitalization from Hawaii
Oct. 16, 2019 - Voices of Language is a series of reports examining how Native communities in North America are working to sustain and revitalize their threatened indigenous languages. View the Report
FNESC Biannual Language Conference - Bringing OurVoices Back to Life
Vancouver, BC - October 7 & 8, 2019
The First Nations Education Steering Committee conference happens every two years and it is a major networking and professional development opportunity for all of those involved in the vital work of First Nations languages education and revitalization. Our conference theme, Bringing OurVoices Back to Life, will focus our attention and efforts on topics thatinclude the following: Language teaching – creating and using language curriculum, resources, effective teaching methods, assessment and planning Language revitalization, policies and advocacy Technology – tools and applications to assist in language teaching and revitalization.
2019 SICC First Nations Language Keepers Gathering - Call for Presenters
Prairieland Park in Saskatoon on November 6-7, 2019 - https://sicc.sk.ca/first-nations-language-keepers-gathering/
The First Nations Language Keepers Gathering is the leading national gathering devoted to preserving, promoting and protecting First Nations languages and cultures. It brings together academics, Elders, Knowledge Keepers, master speakers, educators, community leaders and students from across Canada and the United States.
Call for Presenters - Submissions are due by July 15, 2019 Click here for more information on being a Presenter.
YNLC is pleased to announce new online Teaching Materials
We hope these Illustrations and Word templates will help you produce your own teaching materials in your own language and dialect. View the new content - YNLC Illustrations and Templates.
We Are Our Language
June 29 - October 12, 2019
In celebration of 2019 as the Year of Indigenous Languages, the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, in partnership with the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Yukon Native Language Centre, presents: We Are Our Language. View the Poster
Language Nest Training Workshop in Carmacks
June 12-14, 2019
38 people registered for the Language Nest Training. It was a collaboration between the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation, the Council of Yukon First Nations and the Yukon Native Language Centre, and the First Peoples' Cultural Council.
30 First Nation Participants Enrolled in Language Nest Training in Carmacks
A three-day language nest event will be occurring next week for approximately 30 Yukon First Nation participants in Carmacks. See CHON-FM online story.
National Aboriginal Languages Day Open House
Hosted by the Yukon Native Language Centre (CYFN) and the Department of Education (Government of Yukon)
Location: Yukon Native Language Centre (Yukon College)
Day: Friday, March 29, 2019 - 10 am to 3 pm
The Council of Yukon First Nation's - Yukon Native Language Centre and The Department of Education's First Nations Programs and Partnership's unit would like to invite you to join them next Friday at an open house to celebrate National Aboriginal Languages Day and the International Year of Indigenous Language.
During the open house, visitors will hear from Elders who will be sharing stories in their language. Visitors will also be able to learn more about Yukon's eight First Nations languages, the resources available through the Yukon Native Language Centre, and initiatives taking place to revitalize languages across the territory.