YDLI has received a grant from the Indian Studies Support Program
to develop a certificate program in First Nations Language Research.
YDLI is looking into the possibility of running more linguistics courses during
the summer. If you are interested, please contact us to let us know.
A province-wide aboriginal languages conference will be held February 22-23, 2002.
YDLI is offering a workshop on using web pages to teach language and culture
August 13-16 at Anaham Reserve (near Alexis Creek). More information.
This site has split into two parts in order to make it easier for people to find the
information that they are looking for. One focusses on YDLI and its activities.
The other deals with the First Nations languages of British Columbia more generally.
Click here to go to the First Nations Languages of British
YDLI will be offering a lexicography (dictionary-making)
course in June.
Marlene Erickson has been re-elected as President of YDLI. Geraldine Thomas has been
re-elected as Secretary/Treasurer. Archie Patrick is the new Vice-President.
Don Precosky, Dean of Arts at the College of New Caledonia, has replaced Penny Fahlman
on the Board of Directors.
The course Linguistics 100: Introduction to Language and Linguistics
that YDLI is offering in collaboration with the University of British Columbia,
Yinka Dene Language Institute Executive Director inle', dazsai nohts'utni
'et huwa nedzi nduda.
Chuzcho ooza' tat whunizyai dzin, 1940, Tache whuzdli. Granton didoh.
Lejac Residential School cha Kamloops Indian School cha 'ink'ez Prince George College 'et
hodil'e'. Grade 12 lhaidinla-un Tache whut'en butoh 'udechoo-un inle'.
Hiba k'elha lhuhoolh'i 'et hoonts'i, dich'oh Tl'azt'en Nation bube'uk'uneuzguzbayoh 'uhoonla.
'Udechoo-un 'ut'en-un suli'.
Sa'cho neghuni 'ink'ez neye'ut'en yodil'e'. University of Victoria 'et linguistics
yodul'eh whe diploma lhaidinla. Wheni Dakelh neye'udada' 'ink'ez netsoda'ne cha
'Udechoo neghuni 'ink'ez neye'ut'en yodul'eh whe 1992 Yinka Dene Language Institute
Executive Director suli'.
Chuzcho ooza' 1997 YDLI ba 'ut'en-un 'etsul 'uja.
'Atsulyaz ndida' hukw'elh'az, whunizyai 'on'at kwulai' Sacho ooza',
2001 khuntsul dazsai.
Buzdoolhti' ha, Rose oonatneke Dakelh khuni k'us linguistics yodool'eh hukwa'ninzun-ne ba
We regret to announce the passing of Rose Pierre, former Executive Director of the
Yinka Dene Language Institute.
Born in Tache (Tl'azt'en Nation) on March 30, 1940, Rose was a member of the
Granton (Cariboo) clan. Educated at Lejac Residential School, Kamloops Indian School, and
Prince George College, she was the first person from Tache to complete grade 12.
Working without salary, she single-handedly created the Tl'azt'en Nation band office
and became its first staff member.
Interested for many years in language and culture,
she received a diploma in linguistics from the University of Victoria. She also did
extensive research on Carrier legends and on geneaology.
Initially employed as a researcher,
she became Executive Director of the Yinka Dene Language Institute
in 1992. She stepped down from this position in 1997.
She passed away suddenly, after a short illness, on January 15, 2001.
In her memory, her family has established a scholarship fund for Carrier students of
language and linguistics.
Keith Spencer has joined the Board of Directors as a representative of School District 28.
A pamphlet entitled The Carrier Language
has been published. We hope that
it will be useful both to the general public and for classes in First Nations Studies,
social studies, anthropology, and similar areas.
The web site has been further updated.
A number of documents are now available for download from the
download page. The estimates of
numbers of speakers
for the native languages of British Columbia have been updated.
The Sekani bibliography has been updated.