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.

Storyteller language Profile: Loretta Lolnitz

In this Storyteller language profile, our language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, speaks with Loretta Lolnitz, an apprentice in our new Mentor Apprentice Program who is learning Denaakk’e (Koyukon) with her mentor and mother, Ethel Esmailka. We invite...

Storyteller Language Profile: Anna Clock

In this Storyteller language profile, our language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, speaks with Doyon Foundation alumna, Lingit language teacher and Denaakk’e language learner, Anna Clock. Watch, read or listen to Anna's interview below!...

Storyteller Language Profile: Susan Paskvan

In this Storyteller language profile, we have the honor to speak with Denaakk’e language advocate, teacher and learner, Susan Paskvan. Susan worked with the Yukon-Koyukuk School District for 19 years, retiring earlier this year as the Native language coordinator....

Storyteller Language Profile: Kimberly Nicholas

In this Storyteller language profile, our language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, speaks with Denaakk’e language learner, Kimberly Nicholas, who is also a member of our first Native language Mentor-Apprentice Program cohort. You can watch or listen to...

Storyteller Language Profile: Paul Williams, Jr.

In this Storyteller language profile, Paul Williams, Jr. shares about his experience as a Native language teacher at Cruikshank School in Beaver, and his own journey as a student pursuing his Bachelor of Arts. Williams, Jr. has been teaching for 31 years, spanning two...