Language Champions

As Doyon Foundation continues to grow our language revitalization efforts in the Doyon region, we believe it is important to recognize people who are committed to learning and perpetuating their ancestral language. We are pleased to share some of these “language champion” profiles with you.

If you know a language champion, please nominate him or her by contacting our language program director at foundation@doyon.com. Language champions may also complete our profile questionnaire here.

View the most recent Language Champion profiles below, or click here to view all of the profiles.

Cora Demit

Language Champion: Cora Demit

“I was determined to keep my language”- Cora Demit A fluent speaker in the Upper Tanana language Nee’aanèegn’, Cora S. Demit is an Elder from Northway who contributes recorded lessons for Doyon Foundation's Doyon Languages Online project. Cora is the daughter of...

Language Champion: LaVerne Xilegg Dementieff

 “Language learning inspires feelings of connectedness and support”- LaVerne Demientieff LaVerne Xilegg Dementieff is the daughter of the late Rudy Demientieff of Holy Cross and Alice Frank Demientieff of Anvik and Holy Cross. She was raised in Nenana and...

Language Supporter Spotlight: Myles Creed

“As visitors on Native land, it’s important that we do the work to support language revitalization.”- Myles Creed Myles Creed is a project assistant with Doyon Languages Online, the Doyon Foundation initiative to develop free online language-learning courses for nine...

Language Champion: Annauk Olin

“The more I learn and get to converse with Elders, the more I feel fulfilled and connected to community”Annauk Olin, Language Champion Aŋayuqaaka Nuluqutaaġlu Mark Pollock-lu. Ataataaka Koonuglu Nugaġlu. Annauk Olin is the daughter of Maggie and Mark Pollock. Annauk’s...

Language Champion: Hishinlai’ Peter

‘If you’re interested in learning your language, then begin today’ A speaker and instructor of Gwich’in at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Hishinlai’ Peter is the daughter of Katherine Peter of Stevens Village and Steven Peter of Arctic Village. Her...