The Carrier Linguistics Society (CLS) is a First Nations Organization Incorporated into the Societies Act of British Columbia in 1973 by the Nak’azdli community.
The Goals of the Carrier Linguistics Society are to:
- Function as a regulation body and set standards for language materials and teacher qualifications
- Promote language and culture programs
- Produce and publish ongoing literature
- Train teachers including other dialects
- Create professional positions coordinating with universities and First Nations organizations
- Motivate young Dakelhne towards university training
- Enrich school systems by exposure to Dakelh language and cultural studies
What is First Voices
The Carrier Linguistics Society and Nak’azdli Elders have archived the Dakelh Language with FirstVoices. It is a great tool for learning the Dakelh language.
FirstVoices is a suite of web-based tools and services that help aboriginal people with language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization.
The FirstVoices archives contain thousands of text entries in many different aboriginal writing systems and include sounds, pictures and videos, too. There are also interactive online games to make learning fun.
Some language archives are publicly accessible, while others are password protected
Located behind Nak’azdli Natural Resources, the CLS Bookstore offers dictionaries, workbooks, CDs and DVDs, songbooks, story books and more!
Bookstore hours are by appointment only.
Board of Directors
- Chief Fred Sam, Nak’azdli
- Mark Prince, Nak’azdli Education Administrator and Resource Person
- Rita Henkes, Home School Coordinator, David Hoy Elementary
- Florence Sam, Carrier Language Teacher, Nak’albun Elementary
- Barbra Lessard, Nursery School Teacher, Nak’albun Elementary
- Gloria Duncan, Certified Language Instructor
- Laurie Moise, Nak’azdli Band Member
- Nellie Prince, Language Instructor, University of Northern British Columbia and College of New Caledonia
- Dick Walker, Linguistics Consultant & Translator
- Sara Sam, CLS Administrator, Carrier Language Teacher,
- The Complete Historical Sketch of the
Carrier Linguistics Society
- Highlights of the Carrier and Culture:
A Vibrant Part of the Identity of Fort St James
- Carrier resources at scriptureearth.org
(New Testament, Genesis, Gospel of John,
voice of the late Ray Prince)
- Nak’azdli Dakelh FirstVoices Website
P.O. Box 667
Fort St James, BC V0J-1P0
For additional information or to order CLS materials:
- Fred Sam (250) 996-7171
- Mark Prince (250) 996-7171
- Sarah Sam (250) 996-8441
- Peggy Forbes (250) 996-8568 (home), (250) 996-3725 (cell)
- Yvonne Pierreroy (Prince George) (250) 964-6078