With guidance from our Elders, Yukon First Nation Leadership and our Citizens, YNLC will strive to adhere to and achieve the strategic objectives and actions of the YNLC 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

Our Vision

Babies are learning their traditional language as their first language in the home and intergenerational transmission is restored.

Our Values

  • Language must live in the home, with families and throughout the community
  • Language is connected to cultural vitality, land, identity, health and success in life
  • Language learning is lifelong, holistic and across all sectors of society

Our Mandate

YNLC supports YFNs with language revitalization by providing training, capacity building, technical expertise, advocacy and being a central repository for all to access and use.

Our Principles

  • YNLC will respect the self-governing rights and respective language initiatives of YFNs
  • YNLC programs and services will be based on YFN priorities for language revitalization
  • YNLC will be community driven and YFN controlled
  • YNLC will advocate for YFN languages


News and Events

2019 Dene Languages Conference - 2nd Call for Papers

The extended deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019.

The 2019 iteration of the Dene Languages Conference will be hosted at the University of California, Davis on July 6-7, in conjunction with the Linguistic Society of America’s Summer Institute (http://lsa2019.ucdavis.edu).

The conference invites papers for the general sessions and for the two special themed sessions: "Dene Epistemologies: Linguistic Stability and Adaptation" and "The Language of Music, Dance, and Performance." Papers from both academic researchers and tribal/community-based programs and organizations are welcome.


Building Networks: IT in Libraries Pre-Conference!

Wednesday May 8th, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel - Surrey, BC
This pre-conference will include a morning keynote and many opportunities to collaborate and learn from colleagues through a number of breakout group discussions. Key topics are likely to include: security and privacy, website redesign, disaster recovery, cloud networks, network management, and many more! We hope to see IT staff who work with libraries, library staff who work with systems and technology, and all those interested in library technology.

We have one travel and accommodation bursary in the amount of $750 for an interested attendee from outside of the Lower Mainland. Please email Sarah Felkar sfelkar@westvanlibrary.ca with an expression of interest by March 31 that includes where you are from and why you would like to attend this pre-conference session. More details and registration information to follow soon.



New Distance Online Courses
January 14 to May 4, 2019

AKL 206 Intermediate Tlingit II
Every Tuesday and Thursday
5:30pm – 7:30 pm (AK time)
Instructor: Lance Twitchell
YNLC Library
AKL 350 Tlingit Oral Literature
Every Monday and Wednesday
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm (AK time)
Instructor: Lance Twitchell
YNLC Library


Certificate in First Nations Language Proficiency Programs 2018 – 2019

Registration Form


Certificate in First Nation Language Proficiency

Athapaskan and Tlingit-Yukon Cohort - Fall 2018 Student Guide


Events Calendar