Kaska

About the Kaska language

Read about the Kaska language

Encouragement Phrases Poster

Kaska Poster
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YNLC, CYFN and NRC Project: Liard First Nation – Kaska language

Watch the fourteen videos created by community-based language workers.

Latest News, Events & Gatherings

Kaska News, Events and Gatherings

Alphabet Chart

YNLC, CYFN and NRC Project: Ross River Dena Council – Kaska language

Watch the four videos created by community-based language workers.

Interactive Storybooks with Audio

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Eskóą – My Home by Josephine Acklack

T’ų̄dzī Kǫ́ąT’ų̄dzī’s House by Barbara Morris

Interactive Language Lesson with Audio

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Testloa George Smith – Ross River Dialect

Kaska Audio Lesson

Ross River Dialect
Recorded by Testloa George Smith

© 2006-2008 Testloa George Smith and Yukon Native Language Centre
Original Art by Susan McCallum

Kaska Downloadable Learner Resources

About These Resources

This page provides links to digital copies of language lessons, literacy session booklets, and story books that have been prepared over the past thirty years by the Yukon Native Language Centre and Elders and community members from Kaska First Nations, including Liard First Nation and Ross River Dena Council in the Yukon. The work of all contributors to these materials is gratefully acknowledged here.

Recognizing the importance for Yukon First Nations governments, Elders, advocates, learners, and teachers of Kaska to have access to language resources, the Council of Yukon First Nations‘ Yukon Native Language Centre and Yukon Education‘s First Nations Programs and Partnerships Unit have worked together to provide the language materials below with assistance from Christopher Cox. These digital resources are available for use under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License Creative Commons License.

It is hoped that they will provide additional support for all those interested in studying, learning, and teaching the Kaska language. To order printed copies of any of these resources from YNLC, please consult the current catalogue of publications.


Kaska Language Lessons with Audio

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Kaska Language Lessons: Watson Lake Dialect
Mercier, Ann, Jocelyn Wolftail, and Yukon Native Language Centre, 1994.    Download Audio

Kaska Language Lessons: Ross River Dialect
Sterriah, Grady, Josephine Acklack, and Yukon Native Language Centre, 1994.    Download Audio   


Kaska Story Books

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Kedā Kā Ejedeyáh. The Moose Hunt.
Mercier, Ann and Yukon Native Language Centre, 1997.

Łūge Kǫ́ą. The Fish Camp.
Mercier, Ann and Yukon Native Language Centre, 1997. 

Tsídībū Edehchā́s. Tsídībū Goes Fishing.
Morris, Barbara and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1997. 

Eskǫ́ą. My Home.
Acklack, Josephine and Yukon Native Language Centre, 1998.

Łūge Kǫ́ą. Fish Camp.
Acklack, Josephine and Yukon Native Language Centre, 1998. 

Zachary Kedā Kā Ejedéhyā. Zachary Hunts Moose.
Acklack, Josephine and Yukon Native Language Centre, 1998. 

Tʼų̄dzī Kǫ́ą. Tʼų̄dzī’s House.
Morris, Barbara and Yukon Native Language Centre, 2001. 

Łuwe Kǫ́. Fish Camp.
Porter, Dennis and Yukon Native Language Centre, 2001. 

Ī́sā Dechen Tah Gédah. Ī́sā Goes to the Bush.
Morris, Barbara and Yukon Native Language Centre, 2008. 

Tsī́łát Ejedéhyaʼ. Tsī́łát Went Hunting.
Morris, Barbara and Yukon Native Language Centre, 2008. 

Denē Dechen Tah Tsʼį́ʼ Déhyā. A Man Goes Out Into the Bush.
Bob, Doris and Yukon Native Language Centre, 2008. 

Kesʼṓle Tedéhyaʼ. Kesʼṓle Goes to the Bush.
Acklack, Josephine and Yukon Native Language Centre, 2008. 


Kaska Literacy Sessions and In-Services

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Table of Contents for Literacy Sessions
This document contains the general topics covered for each session.

  1. Kaska Literacy Training Sessions – 1986-87. Yukon Native Language Centre, Watson Lake 1986, Ross River 1987
  2. Kaska Literacy Training Materials, 1988–1990.  
  3. Kaska Literacy Session – 1994. Workshop held at the Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 27, 28, 29, 1994.
  4. Kaska Literacy Session – 1995. Workshop held at Watson Lake, Yukon, May 23, 24, 25, 26, 1995.  
  5. Kaska Literacy Session – 1996. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 15–17, 1996.  
  6. Kaska Literacy Session – 1999. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 6–7, 1999.
     
  7. Kaska Literacy Sessions – 2000-01. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 18–19, 2000 and April 18–20, 2001.  
  8. Kaska Literacy Session – 2001. Watson Lake, Yukon, November 14–15, 2001.  
  9. Kaska Literacy Session – 2002. Whitehorse, Yukon, May 22–24, 2002.  
  10. Kaska Literacy Session – 2003. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 13–15, 2003.  
  11. Kaska Literacy Session – 2005. Held at Johnson Elementary School, Watson Lake, Yukon, May 11–13, 2005.  
  12. Kaska Literacy Session – 2007. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 2–3, 2007 and June 7–8, 2007.  
  13. Kaska In-Service – 2008. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, February 26–28, 2008.  
  14. Kaska Literacy Session – 2009. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 23–24, 2009.  
  15. Kaska Literacy Session – 2010. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 5–6, 2010.  
  16. Kaska Literacy Session – 2011. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 2–3, 2011.  
  17. Kaska In-Service – 2012. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 26–27, 2012.  
  18. Kaska In-Service – 2013. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, February 27–28, 2013.  
  19. Kaska Literacy Session – 2015. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 12–13, 2015.  
  20. Kaska Literacy Session – 2016. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 11–13, 2016.  

For detailed instructions on how to search, view, download, and print these materials, please see the language learning resources guide.
This embedded document contains all Kaska print resources. It allows you to search all documents at one time. Click your mouse in the document window below and then Type ‘Ctrl’ and ‘f’ keys on your keyboard. Type in a search word or phrase in the small box that pops up and then hit ‘enter’ key. You can type in english or Kaska but you cannot use diacritics in the search.

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Other Learning Resources

  1. YNLC Kaska YouTube Channel 
  2. Language Map
  3. Kaska Language Website (UBC)
  4. Kaska Dictionary on Vimeo
  5. Kaska – Stories from Watson Lake (Collection of stories told by Language Teacher Mrs. Donnessey at Watson Lake Elementary Not for sale – but contact YNLC for a place of purchase)
  6. Kaska – The Legend of Suguyā and Sā Dene (Told by Alfred Caesar, published by Aboriginal Language Services Not for sale – but contact YNLC for a place of purchase)
  7. Kaska Learners – Facebook page
  8. Guzagikeh on Instagram
  9. Omniglot – the online encyclopedia of writing systems & languages