Press Coverage of YDLI and Related Issues

"Let's not lose our aboriginal languages," By Tony MacGregor. Prince George This Week October 26, 2000. A6. Omineca Express November 1, 2000. p. 6
Taking off from his attendance at the Aboriginal Languages Day Festival on October 14th, the author discusses the poor state of the aboriginal languages of BC and why we should care. The views of linguist Bill Poser, YDLI Acting Executive Director, on revitalization efforts are then discussed, with emphasis on immersion. The Secwepmec immersion program at Chief Atahm School in Adams Lake is cited as a model, and founders Joe Michel and Kathy Michel are mentioned.

"Aboriginal Languages Nearing Extinction: Expert"
By Margaret Philp. The Globe and Mail May 13, 2000. p. A7.
Discusses the fact that most of the aboriginal languages of Canada are endangered. Based on an interview with Ron Ignace, head of the AFN Chiefs' Committee on Aboriginal Languages.

"First Nations language institute launches unique web site"
Kahtou April 2000. p. 17
Reports the creation of the Yinka Dene Language Institute web site.

"Carrier Language a Workshop of Words"
Letter to the editor by William J. Poser. Omineca Express, Vol.23, no. 5, March 29, 2000. p. 7.
Responds to letter in February 23d issue by C. L. Nash and explains how it is that Carrier has so many verb forms.

"Staggering Numbers Hard to Believe"
Letter to the editor by C. L. Nash. with accompanying unsigned response by staff. Omineca Express, Vol.22, no.52, February 23, 2000. p. 7.
The letter, motivated by the article in the February 9 issue, expresses amazement and disbelief at the large number of forms a single Dakelh verb can have.

CBC Radio "Daybreak" Programme
February 14, 2000. Interview with linguist Bill Poser about the creation of the Yinka Dene Language Institute web site, the endangerment of the Dakelh language and other native languages, and language maintenance efforts.

"AFN Declares 2000 the Year for Language Restoration"
Louise Lahache. First Nations Messenger. February/March 2000. p. 7.
A discussion of the Assembly of First Nations' efforts to restore native languages.

"Hadih (Hello)"
Editorial by Kirsten Abercrombie. Prince George This Week Vol.12, No. 12. February 10, 2000. p. A6.
Points out that the aboriginal languages of Canada are often forgotten, with emphasis given to English and French, and advocates greater attention to them.

"Carrier Tongue Now on the Net"
News story by Ken Fisher. Prince George This Week Vol.12, No. 12. February 10, 2000. p. A1.
Reports the creation of the Yinka Dene Language Institute web site and discusses the situation of the Dakelh language and efforts to maintain it. Includes excerpts from interviews with linguist Bill Poser.

"Carrier Language on Web Site"
Omineca Express Vol. 22, no. 50. February 9, 2000, p.3.
Reports the creation of the Yinka Dene Language Institute web site and mentions the very large number of verb forms in the language. Includes excerpts from interviews with linguist Bill Poser.

"Carrier language using web site to promote interest"
Prince George Citizen January 31, 2000. p. 3.
Reports the creation of the Yinka Dene Language Institute web site.

"A Wisdom That Comes With the Passing of Years"
By Leanne Tarling. Omineca Express, December 1, 1999. p. 18.
An interview with Saik'uz elder Mary John, Sr. She recounts her life story and briefly discusses her efforts to preserve the language.

"Lheidli Try to Save Language"
Nikki Stiles. Prince George This Week Sunday, June 14, 1998. p. A11.
Discusses Lheidli T'enneh's efforts to preserve its dialect of Carrier. Contains information from interviews with Chief Barry Seymour, Special Projects Director George Ho Lem, elder Veronica Seymour, Janette Kozak, Helen Seymour, and linguist Bill Poser. There is some discussion of the reasons for the loss of the language and of the difficulty of revival.

"At a Loss For Words"
Stephen Hume. The Vancouver Sun. Saturday, May 2, 1998. pp. C1-C2.
A discussion of the endangerment of the native languages of Canada, focussing on British Columbia.

"Fighting to Keep a Language Alive"
Stephen Hume. The Vancouver Sun. Saturday, May 2, 1998. pp. C1-C2.
Describes the efforts of elders on the Saanich Peninsula of British Columbia to pass on their dying language, a dialect of Straits Salish. Based to a considerable extent on interviews with elder Earl Claxton.

"Stoney Creek Woman named as a member of Order of Canada"
Prince George Citizen January 10, 1997. p. 1.
Reports the announcement that Saik'uz elder Mary John, Sr. would receive the Order of Canada. The account of her accomplishments includes a discussion of her efforts to maintain the Dakelh language.

"Academics, natives attend conference"
News story by Cris Prystay. Omineca Express/Bugle June 22, 1994. p. 3.
Describes the 1994 Athabaskan Languages Conference held in Saik'uz (Stoney Creek), jointly sponsored by the Yinka Dene Language Institute, the College of New Caledonia, and the University of Northern British Columbia. Includes excerpts from interviews with elder Mary John, Sr., Saik'uz chief Stanley Thomas, and linguist Bill Poser.

"Language instructors gain history"
The Nechako Independent, March 21, 1991. p. 12
Describes the teacher-training session in progress, conducted by language coordinator Rose Pierre and instructors Catherine Bird and Gloria Duncan, at the end of which the trainees will have completed the first year of the two year program.

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