Carrier Linguistic Society


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


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.


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

Other Members

  • Dick Walker, Linguistics Consultant & Translator
  • Sara Sam, CLS Administrator, Carrier Language Teacher,
    Nak’albun Elementary
  • Peggy Forbes

Additional Information


CLS Office
(250) 996-2226
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) 996-3386
  • Peggy Forbes (250) 996-8568 (home), (250) 996-3725 (cell)
  • Yvonne Pierreroy (Prince George) (250) 964-6078

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