Encouragement Phrases Posters

The Yukon Native Language Centre, Council of Yukon First Nations and respective Yukon First Nations, are pleased to provide posters and pictures of “Encouragement Phrases” in all 8 Yukon First Nations languages. We hope that these downloadable posters and pictures will provide you, your family and friends with the opportunity to exchange encouraging phrases in your language during this time. Please do share with as many folks as you can and feel free to reproduce as posters, placemats, etc.

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kwäjanä̀da kwänì äyet kwäkà ukʼaakwätsį ätthʼü ítsi.

"They say there is a sickness going around” video by Luke Campbell – Southern Tutchone – Champagne and Aishihik First Nation

 

Southern Tutchone, one of seven Athapaskan languages in the Yukon, is spoken in the southwestern part of the territory. The Southern Tutchone have always been highly mobile. Aboriginally, they moved about in small groups, annually adjusting their movements to changes in the ranges of caribou or moose, to salmon runs, or to ranges of fur-bearing animals. Their traditional areas ranged from the Teslin River in the east to the White River in the west, and from the lower Tatshenshini in the south to the Nisling River in the north. Today there are settlements at Aishihik, Burwash Landing, Champagne, Haines Junction, Kloo Lake, Klukshu, Lake Laberge and Whitehorse. Many of the Southern Tutchone people continue to spend part of the year in subsistence activites, hunting, fishing and trapping in their traditional ranges, such as around Dalton Post, Hutshi Lakes, Bear Lake, and the Nisling Valley.

Documentation and Literacy

The first systematic notation of the language was by Daniel Tlen, a Burwash native. He returned to his home community in the 1970's after studying linguistics at the University of Victoria and began recording relatives and friends. Assisted by Jessie Joe, Mary Jacquot, Copper Lilly Johnson and Lena Johnson, he compiled language lessons, a basic noun dictionary, and a collection of stories and songs in Southern Tutchone.

Literacy Workshops for Southern Tutchone have been held since 1984. Native speaker Margaret Workman documented her language and culture at the Yukon Native Language Centre for more than twenty years before retiring in 2004. She prepared and read the Southern Tutchone texts which are heard on the interactive place names CD Dákeyi. She prepared the material for a noun dictionary which will appear in print and on CD as a database with sound file examples for each entry. YNLC currently offers more than two dozen print and multimedia titles in and on Southern Tutchone. These include Language Lesson Booklets and Tapes, multimedia Computer Books and corresponding Print Story Booklets, and reports on the literacy workshops.

School Programs

There are or have been seven Southern Tutchone elementary school programs in the Yukon, at Kluane Lake School in Destruction Bay, at St Elias School in Haines Junction, and in Whitehorse at Elijah Smith, Takhini, Hidden Valley, Selkirk and Whitehorse Elementary schools. There is a secondary school Southern Tutchone program in Haines Junction, and Southern Tutchone language and culture courses are given in Whitehorse at Porter Creek and FH Collins.

Language

There are distinct differences among the several dialects but all speakers can understand each other without any difficulty. The language has a rich sound system. Some dialects have as many as 43 consonants, including glottalized stops and affricates and ł (voiceless-l). All dialects have seven vowels, three diphthongs, and four tones: plain, low, rising, and falling.


Southern Tutchone Interactive Language Lessons and Storybooks

Audio Lessons

  1. Irene Smith - Tàa'an Dialect

Audio Storybooks

  1. Kathy Birckel — At Home

Southern Tutchone Downloadable Learner Resources

About These Resources

This page provides links to digital copies of language lessons, literacy session booklets, and story books that have been prepared over the past thirty years by the Yukon Native Language Centre and Elders and community members from Southern Tutchone First Nations, including Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Kluane First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and Taʼan Kwächʼän Council in the Yukon. The work of all contributors to these materials is gratefully acknowledged here.

Recognizing the importance for Yukon First Nations governments, Elders, advocates, learners, and teachers of Southern Tutchone to have access to language resources, the Council of Yukon First Nations' Yukon Native Language Centre and Yukon Education's First Nations Programs and Partnerships Unit have worked together to provide the language materials below with assistance from Christopher Cox. While these digital resources are still in early draft form, and are being made available here for non-commercial, information purposes only, it is hoped that they will provide additional support for all those interested in studying, learning, and teaching the Southern Tutchone language. To order printed copies of any of these resources from YNLC, please consult the current catalogue of publications.

The Language Lesson Books can now be downloaded and printed from this website by clicking on the "Download Printed Materials" button. To download the Audio (CD) that corresponds with the Language Lesson book, you can simply click on the "Download Audio" button and you will have the audio saved to your computer, which can then be transferred to other devices if you wish.

For more detailed instructions on how to download print resources and the audio please click here.


Southern Tutchone Language Lessons with Audio

  1. Allen, Lorraine and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1994. Southern Tutchone Language Lessons: Aishihik Dialect. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre. Download Printed Materials | Download Audio
  2. Birckel, Kathy and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1994. Southern Tutchone Language Lessons: Klukshu Dialect. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre. Download Printed Materials | Download Audio
  3. Bunbury, Hazel and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1994. Southern Tutchone Language Lessons: Lake Laberge Dialect (Tàaʼan Mǟn). Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre. Download Printed Materials | Download Audio
  4. Johnson, Lena and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1994/2012. Southern Tutchone Language Lessons: Kluane Dialect. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre. Download Printed Materials | Download Audio
  5. Smith, Irene and Yukon Native Language Centre, 2017. Southern Tutchone Language Lessons: Tàaʼan Mǟn Dialect. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre. Download Printed Materials | Download Audio
  6. Workman, Margaret and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1994. Southern Tutchone Language Lessons: Aishihik Dialect. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre. Download Printed Materials | Download Audio

Southern Tutchone Story Books

  1. Allen, Lorraine and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1996. Däkʼàn Ładä̀ya. The Man is Hunting. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  2. Allen, Lorraine and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2001. Ä́kų̀ Yū. At Home. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  3. Allen, Lorraine and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2001. Łu Tsʼégän Yū. Fish Camp. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  4. Allen, Lorraine and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2003. Kwäta. The Bush. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  5. Birckel, Kathy and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1998. Shòthäna Kų̀. Shòthäna's House. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  6. Birckel, Kathy and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2008. Däkʼàn Łädä̀ya. The Moose Hunt. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  7. Birckel, Kathy and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2008. Łu Tsʼä́gän Yū. Fish Camp. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  8. Bunbury, Hazel and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2008. Hanay Ka Ładä̀ya. The Moose Hunt. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  9. Bunbury, Hazel and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2008. Łu Tsʼä́gän Yū. Fish Camp. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  10. Johnson, Lena and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1996. Kanay Ka Ładä̀ya. The Moose Hunt. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  11. Johnson, Lena and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1997. Łu Tsʼä́gän Yū. The Fish Camp. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  12. Moose, Bertha and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2008. Kanday Ladä̀yá. The Moose Hunt. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  13. Smith, Martha and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1997. Łu Nätsʼä́gän Yū. Drying Fish Place. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  14. Smith, Martha and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2001. Kų̀ Yū. At Home. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  15. Smith, Martha and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2008. Kwäta Jänächel. Camping in the Bush. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  16. Smith, Vivian and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2001. Kų̀ Yū. At Home. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  17. Smith, Vivian and Yukon Native Language Centre. 2001. Łu Tsʼä́gän Yū. Fish Camp. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  18. Washington, Rosalie and Yukon Native Language Centre. 1996. Kanday Ka Ładä̀ya. The Moose Hunt. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.

Southern Tutchone Literacy Sessions and In-Services

  1. Yukon Native Languages Project. 1984. Southern Tutchone Literacy Workshop, May 9‐11, 1984. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Languages Project. Download Printed Materials
  2. Yukon Native Language Centre. 1985. Southern Tutchone Literacy Workshop, May 22‐24, 1985. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  3. Yukon Native Language Centre. 1994. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Workshop held at the Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 13, 14, 15, 1994. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  4. Yukon Native Language Centre. 1996. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Workshop held at the Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 10–12, 1996. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  5. Yukon Native Language Centre. 1997. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Workshop held at the Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 2–4, 1997. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  6. Yukon Native Language Centre. 1998. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Workshop held at the Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 7–9, 1998. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  7. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2000. Southern Tutchone Literacy In-Service. Workshop held at the Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 25–26, 2000. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  8. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2001. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 10–12, 2001. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  9. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2002. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 24–26, 2002. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  10. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2003. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 15–17, 2003. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  11. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2004. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 14–16, 2004. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  12. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2005. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 13–15, 2005. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  13. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2006. Southern Tutchone Literacy For Trainees. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, March 29–31, 2006. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  14. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2007. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, March 17–19, 2007. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  15. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2008. Southern Tutchone In-Service. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 16–18, 2008. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  16. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2010. Southern Tutchone Literacy Sessions 2009–2010. S. Tutchone In-Service April 27–28, 2009, S. Tutchone Literacy April 29–30, 2009, S. Tutchone In-Service April 27–28, 2010, S. Tutchone Literacy April 29–30, 2010. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  17. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2011. Southern Tutchone In-Service. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 12–14, 2011. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  18. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2012. Southern Tutchone In-Service. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, May 3–4, 2012. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  19. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2013. Southern Tutchone Certificate Training and Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 3–5, 2013. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  20. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2015. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 14–15–16, 2015. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.
  21. Yukon Native Language Centre. 2016. Southern Tutchone Literacy Session. Yukon Native Language Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon, April 19–21, 2016. Whitehorse, YT: Yukon Native Language Centre.

For detailed instructions on how to search, view, download, and print these materials, please see the language learning resources guide.

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Southern Tutchone Dictionaries

The Southern Tutchone Dictionary is available in two formats.

YNLC gratefully acknowledges the 42 years of hard work and dedication of Margaret Workman in the compilation of the Southern Tutchone Noun Dictionary.

Please note that the dictionary is in Draft form and needs proofing and copy editing.

1 - PDF Document with Audio Files by Subject:
English to Southern Tutchone - Download the PDF and Download the Audio Files (.zip folder)

Instructions: The PDF and the Audio Files are organized by Subject. Open each subject folder to listen to the words.

2 - Online Dictionary

 


Dákeyi — "Our Country"

Originally published on CD in 1996, Dákeyi is available on this website.

Dákeyi — "Our Country" Interactive Place Names and Maps

Dákeyi (Our Country) was developed specifically to meet the needs of high school students and others studying Southern Tutchone language and culture.

The CD and now web format allows text, sound, colour pictures, and even movies to be combined to present information in an interesting and effective way. The ability to use sound is especially important where language is involved. Students today have diminishing opportunity to hear Southern Tutchone spoken. Longer passages in Dákeyi have an on screen controller which allows students to play parts repeatedly, at their own speed, to correctly master tone and other nuances of the language.


Other Learning Resources

  1. Alphabet Chart - Southern Tutchone
  2. Language Map
  3. Traditional Southern Tutchone Stories – Kwädą̄y Kwändǖr - Compiled and Translated by Margaret Workman
  4. Family and Traditional Southern Tutchone Stories – Recorded and Transcribed by Äshèni̮a̮ Bessie Allen
  5.  Southern Tutchone – Hide and Peek/Say it First (Not for sale – contact YNLC for a place of purchase)
  6.  Southern Tutchone – Stories from our Elders (Compiled by Hazel Bunbury, 2012 - Please contact Taaʼan Kwachʼan Council and Elder Hazel Bunbury for purchase)
  7.  Southern Tutchone – Southern Tutchone Phrasebook (Compiled by Hazel Bunbury, 2009 - Please contact Taaʼan Kwachʼan Council and Elder Hazel Bunbury for purchase)
  8.  Lhùʼààn Man Kwánje – Guidebook for families and Novice Speakers of Kluane Southern Tutchone (Compiled by Daniel Tlen, 2018 – Contact YNLC for place of purchase) audio available on Kluane First Nation website
  9. Champagne & Aishihik First Nation language page
  10. Omniglot - the online encyclopedia of writing systems & languages