- The Yukon Native Language Centre is launching a new program to assist Yukon First Nation youth in developing and improving their language proficiency.
- Twenty First Nations youth would be paid to study their First Nation language full-time.
The Yukon Native Language Centre is launching a new program to assist Yukon First Nation youth in developing and improving their language proficiency.
Under the program, 20 First Nations youth would be paid to study their First Nation language full-time.
The Language Leaders, tomorrow program aims to help youth develop language proficiency and become “language champions to carry their language into the future,” noted in December. 14 statement.
Each of the 20 participants would follow personalized learning plans; take part in language learning and opportunities to strengthen their identity, cultural understanding, and connection with the land and community.
“This program is an amazing example of a Yukon First Nations-led approach to language revitalization that recognizes and supports youth potential to lead significant social and institutional change over the coming years,” CYFN Grand Chief Peter Johnston said in December. 14 statement.
Officials stated the program takes a holistic approach to train First Nations youth to reclaim, revitalize, protect, and normalize the Yukon First Nation languages.
Among the ones taking the training are youth from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, Carcross/Tagish First Nation, Kluane First Nation, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Liard First Nation, Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation, Selkirk First Nation, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, Teslin Tlingit Council, and the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.
Everyone will be studying their own First Nation language, which includes Hän, Kaska, Northern Tutchone, Southern Tutchone, and Tlingit.