Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 16, 2001 - Issue 38



Summer Camp Aims to Preserve Language


 by CBC North

WHITEHORSE, YUKON - A Yukon First Nation based in Whitehorse is hoping a camp this summer will be the first step in saving its language.

A Southern Tutchone immersion camp is set to begin next month.

Alyce Johnson is director of education at Kwanlin Dun's House of Learning.

Johnson says students learn best when they are actually participating in activities while learning the language.

"Fifteen to 20 minutes, to half an hour a day, is insufficient amount of time to really address the language needs of the first nations people of the Yukon," she says. "So these types of projects, although they're small, they're beneficial to the preservation of language to the first nations people."

Some federal and territorial governments are helping to pay for the program.

And the Gates Foundation, set up by Microsoft owner Bill Gates, has donated 10 computers.

Southern Tutchone


Can you locate Whitehorse on this map?

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