Dakelh Language and Culture for Beginners (Part 1 - focus on Language)

Learn the basics of the Dakelh language: 
- language family tree
- pronunciation of Dakelh vowels, consonants, fronted consonants and glottal stop
- pronunciation of common words and phrases
- history of writing systems (Roman Orthography & Syllabics)
- strategies for teaching
- resources for teaching
- Dakelh Language Curriculum

If available, an Elder may be present for additional questions and instruction.

See also: afternoon session with a focus on Dakelh culture.

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10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • School District #57
    Jennifer Pighin

    Jennifer is a member of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation with Witsuwit’un, French and Italian ancestry and part of the Git'umden (Bear Clan). Jennifer is currently employed as Vice-Principal of Language and Culture within School District 57 Indigenous Education Department. As a Dakelh language learner she has worked closely with local Elders to develop curriculum and resources to help teach the Dakelh language. 


  • Edie Frederick

    Edith Frederick is a Lheidli T'enneh Elder and Knowledge Holder, mentor and cultural advisor. She is a semi-fluent speaker of Dakelh in the Lheidli T'enneh dialect.