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Teaching the Youth Carrier Language

Teaching the Youth Carrier Language

Nov 17, 2023
Category: General 

The Niwh Khinek (“Our Language”) teaches the Nadut’en dialect to children and youths from ages 0-18, along with their caregivers. It is hosted at the Niwh Hiskak Habibeh Youth Centre (835 3rd Avenue, Prince George). The lessons include everyday language such as introducing yourself, how to count, identifying animals, reciting the alphabet, and basic geography.

"It has been such a rewarding experience to see the children, youth, caregivers, and fellow Carrier Sekani Family Services staff members learning the Nedut’en language and utilizing it in their daily lives. I am especially excited about the fact that this program invites not only child and youth, but also parents and caregivers. This inclusive approach encourages everyone in the family to speak Carrier at home," says Julian Lowley CSFS Walk Tall Supervisor.


Here are our favourite Nedut’en Phrases: 

- Nk’esiy’: I love you

- C’ aneenzu: You are beautiful

- C’owhzisnee: I am hungry

- Tsolneeh: It tastes good

- Ts’ ont’ iyh wits’ anye: We are happy you are here


You can also download the Nedut’en word search to get familiar with more words

The long-term goal is to expand the program to include all dialects of the Carrier language group and offer an immersion-style learning space. 

If you are interested in the program, you can contact Julian Lowley; or 250-613-9320




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