Meet the Staff at the YNLC

Doug Hitch

Dr. Doug Hitch

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Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Doug received a BA in 1977 from Brock University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Calgary in 1981, and a PhD from Harvard University in 2016.

The 1980's he spent studying, working and raising a young family in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the USA. In that period he published more than a dozen articles on the languages and history of medieval Inner Asia, and completed several years of graduate work at Harvard University.

During the early 1990's Doug worked in Yellowknife first as Inuktitut Linguist for the Government of the Northwest Territories and later as a private consultant.

Since joining the YNLC in 1995, Doug has contributed to the development and publication of print and multimedia materials for Yukon Native Language classrooms. He participated as researcher and technical linguist in the Dákeyi CD ROM project. He designed and produced the original multimedia Talking Books, which are the model for the Audio Story Books and did the design and layout for the corresponding Story Booklets. He coordinated the development of the online version of the language lessons and he manages the YNLC web site. He designed and managed the development of the Audio Listening Exercises.

He is co-author/editor of Travels to the Alsek, a large format volume on the travels of Edward Glave in the southwest Yukon in 1890 and 1891 (2013). Doug also provides Macintosh computer training for YNLC staff and for students enrolled in the Yukon College Certificate and Diploma programs for Native Language Instructors.