Elders from the Yukon and neighbouring areas have contributed in many ways to the work of the Yukon Native Language Centre. For example, they provide information which aids in language documentation, they make recordings from which teaching materials are developed, and they offer guidance in training sessions.
Babies are learning their traditional language as their first language in the home and intergenerational transmission is restored.
- 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
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.
- 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