What's New at YDLI?
The information on the Carrier syllabics on this web site has been considerably improved.

Plants and Medicines of Sophie Thomas has appeared. Details.

Nak'azdli Elders Speak. Nak'azdli t'enne yahulduk., a collection of oral history in English translation compiled by the Nak'azdli Elders Society, has been published. Details.

We regret to announce that Former YDLI Vice-President Thomas George has passed away.

Two new pieces of work on the sound system of Carrier have appeared. One is Sonya Bird's dissertation The Phonetics and Phonology of Lheidli Intervocalic Consonants. The other is Suzanne Gessner's paper Prosody in Dakelh: a Comparison of Two Dialects.

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. More information.

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 Columbia site.

YDLI will be offering a lexicography (dictionary-making) course in June.

A new, expanded edition of the Lheidli dialect dictionary is available.

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, has begun.

Rose Pierre, 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 lhaicho yodil'e'. '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 sooniya huyuzsa.

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.

A third technical report has been published: Web Pages for Studying Language and Culture.

A series of technical reports has been initiated. The first two are The Carrier Syllabics and The Status of Documentation for BC Native Languages.

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.

We have received funding for two new projects: (a) archiving of audio tapes and (b) pilot speaker surveys.

Directors John Alexis, Bruce Allan and Sandra Teegee have left the Board of Trustees. Archie Patrick has been appointed to the Board.

YDLI has received a grant under the Gathering Strength initiative to run courses on linguistics aimed at building capacity for language work and at educating policy-makers and other community members. These will consist of a university-level introductory linguistics course and a series of short non-credit courses. Details will be announced soon.

On the web site, the bibliographies for the native languages of British Columbia have been considerably augmented.

A number of additional videos have been added to the list of publications on the web site. Prints of the illustrations for the Owl Story are also now listed.

The Louie Family Singers' CD of traditional Dakelh songs has appeared.

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.

A new, expanded edition of the Saik'uz dictionary has been published.

The publications catalogue on the web page has been expanded.

YDLI has a new postal address: RR#1, Site 12, Comp. 41, Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0. Please do not use the old box number or the Hospital Road address.

The web site has been further expanded. Information on the status of the native languages of British Columbia has been added. A bibliography on ethnobiology has been added. The biography section has been expanded. Information on common Dakelh expressions has been added. Further grammatical information about Dakelh has been added. The classified list of the native languages of BC has been improved.

The linguistic information section has been re-organized and expanded. Bibliographies of the major documentation for all of the non-Athabaskan languages of British Columbia have been added. Additional information on Dakelh writing systems, especially the syllabics, has been added along with information on Dakelh word order, Dakelh noun classification, and a discussion of the status of Dakelh as an endangered language. The cultural and historical information section has been greatly expanded. It now contains a section on bands, communities, and tribal councils, and information about access to genealogical data. The biography section has been considerably expanded, as has the bibliography on Carrier culture and history. The Comparative Carrier Vocabulary has been expanded. A section containing announcements of relevant events and publications has been added. Additional videotapes are listed.

There has been considerable press coverage of the YDLI web site, the situation of the Dakelh language, and language maintenance efforts.

The web site has been expanded to include a section on cultural and historical information containing biographies, and a bibliography on Carrier culture and history. There are quite a few other additions and improvements, including a second annotated text The Name Nak'azdli, a new bibliography on Tlingit, and material on the languages of contact and Chinook Jargon.

School District 91 has resigned from the YDLI Board of Directors, effective January, 2000. YDLI expects to continue to work with SD91 on matters of mutual interest.

A new project, combining the documentation of a collection of artifacts with literacy instruction, is starting up.

YDLI's property is out of storage and is now housed at the old school in Saik'uz (Stoney Creek).

A Lheidli dialect dictionary is now available.

YDLI board member Bridget Moran, who represented the College of New Caledonia, passed away on August 21.


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