Using the Learning Resources

On each of the Yukon First Nations language resource pages, you can browse and search through many of the language lessons, literacy session and in‐service booklets, and story books that the Yukon Native Language Centre has assisted in producing over the past three decades. This page provides more information on how to use these digital resources—whether to find information that may be located in many different resources, or to view learning resources online, or to print learning resources, or to download learning resources for later use, even without an internet connection.


Downloading Resources

To help ensure that these learning resources can be used even when an internet connection is not available, each of the learning resources is freely available for download as a printable, searchable PDF document. All of these resources are being made available for non-commercial, information purposes only. To download an individual resource, click on the icon next to that item.

The download icon () for Elder Lucy Wren’s Tagish Language Lessons.


Finding Information Online

To help make it easier to find information in these resources, each language resource page contains a “live” preview window that allows you to search across all of the available documents. To look for a particular word or phrase, click inside the preview window, then press Ctrl-F (on Windows) or Command-F (⌘-F, on Mac). This will bring up a search box, where you can enter a word or phrase to find:

Opening a new search in the resource preview window for Northern Tutchone.

Once you’ve entered your search terms, press Enter, and all of the matching instances of your search term will be highlighted in the document. Use the arrow keys on the search box to move to the next or previous matches, or the ‘X’ to clear your search:

Results for a search for the word “Tutchone”.

In most cases, searching a document should be able to locate any matching text that’s written in English. Unfortunately, most documents aren’t able to offer accurate search results for Yukon First Nations language words containing non-English letters or diacritics. Sometimes, words in Yukon First Nations languages will match when you leave out the diacritics, but that’s not always the case. Although a solution may be found for this in the future, for the moment, you will likely get the best search results when looking for English search-terms and Yukon First Nations language words that only contain characters used in English.

Even though the document contains the word “jän”, searching for it with the letter “ä” doesn’t return any results.


Printing Resources

All of the learning resources provided on the Yukon Native Language Centre website can be printed, both online and offline. To print a resource when online, click on its title, then click on the “Print” button in the preview window:

Printing from the online preview of Elder Emma Sam’s Tlingit story book, The Moose Hunt.

It is also possible to download individual resources and print them off-line later on. Once you have downloaded a learning resource, you can open it in a program that can display PDF documents (e.g., Adobe Reader or Preview), then select the “Print” option from the “File” menu.


Viewing Resources

One of the easiest ways to find out more about an individual learning resource is to view it online. To view a resource, click on its title, and you will be taken to an interactive preview of that document. Once you are done viewing the document, you can return to the list of language resources by clicking on the “Back” button in your web browser.

The title of Elder Bessie John’s Upper Tanana story book, The Man is Hunting.

How to Download Audio

Step 1 – In the “downloadable resources” section, click the download audio button, beside the Language Lesson

Step 2 – wait for file to download

Step 3 – open downloads folder by double clicking downloads

Step 4 – open with -> audio player of your choice ex: itunes, audacity… etc.

Downloading to a Device

Plug phone into computer and sync with iTunes
note: downloads must be opened with iTunes

On a mac:
Download and install Android File Transfer on your computer.
If your screen is locked, unlock your screen.
Connect your computer to your device using a USB cable.
If you need to select a USB connection option on your device, choose Media device (MTP).
Locate music files on your computer and drag them into your device’s Music folder in Android File Transfer.

On windows/PC:
If your screen is locked, unlock your screen.
Connect your computer to your device using a USB cable.
If you’re prompted to select a USB connection option on your device, select Media device (MTP).
Locate music files on your computer and drag them into your device’s Music folder.