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Language Revitalization Program Overview

Envisioning our people actively learning, using and teaching the language is the enduring intent of Doyon’s initiative to revitalize our languages.

“Enaa baasee' tl'eeyegge hukkenaage' ghu kk'onuhdeneeyh denh.”

(Thank you very much for actually working on Native language, on preservation of Native language.)
~ Eliza Jones

“It is who we are.”

~ Victor Nicholas said when talking about our Native language

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Language Champion: Verna Hagen

Language Champion: Polly Hyslop

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Language Champion: Renee Linton

Language Champion: Karma Ulvi

Language Champion: George Holly

Language Champion: Bertina Titus

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Language Champion: Bev Kokrine

Gathering Celebrates and Forwards Revitalization of Doyon Region Languages

Language Champion: Jennifer Adams

Language Champion: Oline Petruska

Language Champion: Paul Mountain

Language Champion: Daniel Esai

Workshop Forwards Development of Nee’aanèegn’ Online Language-Learning Course

Language Champion: Sonta Roach

2019 Our Language Grants Support Urgent Need for Revitalization Efforts

2018 Our Language Grant Projects Wrap Up

Language Champion: Beth Leonard

Language Gathering Launches New Phase of Doyon Languages Online

Language Champion: Diloola Erickson

Foundation Receives $977,423 Grant for Language Revitalization

Language Nest Brings Children, Parents, Teachers Together to Learn Gwich’in

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Language Champion: Ruth Ridley

Language Champion: Jamie Marunde

Families Come Together to Learn at Nenana Fish Camp

Foundation Receives $900,000 Grant for Language Revitalization

CoLang 2016 Offers Opportunities for Sharing and Learning

TEDx Talk by Allan Hayton Now Posted Online

$50,000 Awarded in Language Revitalization Grants

Strategic Plan Guides Foundation Language Revitalization Program

Summit Builds Statewide Support Network for Language Revitalization

Hayton Shares Story of Language Revitalization at TEDx Event

January 2016 Where Are Your Keys Workshops

Language Matters with Bob Holman

Workshop Takes Unique Approach to Language Learning

First People’s Cultural Council Visit

Learners-Speakers Gather for Fall Language Trainings

Foundation Invites Language Learners, Teachers to Training

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Due to the rapidly decreasing health of creative and fluent Native language speakers, the Native languages within the Doyon region are not being passed on quickly enough to ensure its survival. There is an urgent need to promote and foster language opportunities for non-speakers.

In 2009, Doyon Foundation created the language revitalization committee to respond to this need and begin creating a region-wide language revitalization program that would address one of the Foundation’s vision elements for a Strong Demonstration of Native Traditional Language and Culture.

In 2012, the Doyon, Limited board of directors, along with full support from Doyon President Aaron Schutt, agreed with the language revitalization committee and awarded start-up funding to establish the program.

Immediate Program Goals

  • Expand the organizational capacity of Doyon Foundation to effectively and efficiently develop, implement and sustain a Native language revitalization program.
  • Develop a language revitalization program that will ensure the cultures and languages of the Doyon region are taught, documented and easily accessible.

In implementing these goals, the Doyon Foundation board believes that every shareholder and descendant should have the opportunity to learn their language and culture.

The Doyon Foundation language revitalization program is not intended to replace the current efforts of tribes, groups or organizations across the region or state, but rather to collaborate with and bring them together. Through the program, Doyon Foundation seeks to partner with like-minded organizations and to align language groups, efforts, goals and resources.

For more information on Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program, please contact Doyon Foundation at foundation@doyon.com.

Doyon Region Language Map

Download a PDF of the map here. Language Map