The Southern Tutchone Tribal Council is
pleased to welcome you to our new website!
Pride and Solidarity in the Southern Tutchone Nation
We bring Southern Tutchone people together using events based on culture, language, and heritage
*Kluane Lake photo credit Shannon Walker*
This site is administered by Executive Director Shannon Walker, and Language advocate Khâsha (Stephen Reid). Though administered by Shannon and Khâsha, there is oversight by the STTC board of directors as well as many community members and language mentors.
Under the drop menu at the top of this page is “learning dákwanjè” place the mouse over Paddy Jim, and you will see “language lessons”. Each week new language sessions will be added.
*click on image to zoom in
Sha jê kàdį̀ʼąw akʼą̂ dzénų̀. Shàw ghą nàkwáníchʼenäw. Dádan Kwachʼàl Kwachʼan, Lhùʼààn Kwachʼan, Lhú Ghą Kwachʼan, Ashèyi Mânʼ Kwachʼàn, Taáʼaan Kwachʼan, Kwaanlin Kwachʼan ghàìchʼe. Dádań nànààtsat kwatsʼan ìchʼe. Dän kwadą̂y kwata nenààjè áchʼę nà. Akʼą kʼe aju kwatà nanaje dan. Khày chʼû dáhkwańjê chedígęl. Tsʼètläw áhshäw nlį dan yàkelhâ, kwadidan kʼe akù kâ chʼe meyenįlhį kwadą̄y dań kwańjê yá kwandan-âw. Kwadą̄y kwa-kʼè kiíndân chʼè kakʼe shàw ʼùńlè shį̀ . Akʼą kʼe dáhjunèna ʼadishuh ghaʼi keda kwańjê na, kedùʼaâl däw adishuh kʼiakwììdan. The sun is up on this day. Itʼs good to see all of you people. Our people are from the flatland area (Champagne), Kluane area, Klukshu area, Aishihik area, Lake Labarge area, and Whitehorse area. Our people come from strong people. A long time ago our people lived in the bush. Now our people donʼt live in the bush. Slowly we are losing our language. Our elders are dying off, thatʼs why we want old people to teach us the old Indian Language. If you learn the old way your going to be good. Now with our children we try to teach them about who we are.
-Dághalhaan kʼe children dancing
*Image of map retrieved May 2, 2015 from: http://www.canadalegal.info/yukon/maps/yukon-1st-nations-languages.html. Weller Cartographic limited. Published by Mapmatrix.com & Canadalegal.info