It is with deep sadness that we announce that Catherine (Bird) Coldwell [née Prince] passed away early on the morning of Saturday March 2nd after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.
Catherine was a champion of language revitalization and contributed her efforts to curriculum development and language documentation to our communities, to school districts and several post-secondary institutions. She advocated to have language taught in schools and was the first language teacher in the public school in Fort St. James in the 1970s. She worked for many years for the Yinka Dene Language Institute (affiliated with the College of New Caledonia) and then served as a Director.
In addition, Catherine was a pillar of the Lusilyoo (Frog) clan at Nak’az̲dli and took an active part in teaching and revitalizing the potlatch system; she seldom missed a potlatch in Nak’az̲dli.
Catherine is going to be tremendously missed by our community.
We honour her memory and will do our best to celebrate her life and commit to carrying on the practices and principles she championed.
The family requests that those who wish to honour her memory donate to the Carrier Linguistic Society (please call 250-996-7171).
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A pocket-sized dictionary of Stuart Lake Carrier has been published.
This dictionary is designed especially for those learning the language.
Although pocket-sized, it contains over 3,000 entries.
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