This website was created to
house the Kaska language materials from the Kaska language courses
jointly sponsored by the First Nations Languages Program (FNLG)
at the University of British Columbia and the Kaska First Nations.
in the language courses, by Kaska community members, and by others
interested in learning Kaska.
Kaska is an Athabaskan language that
is closely related to neighboring languages such as Talhtan, Sekani,
Beaver, Slavey, Southern Tutchone and Northern Tutchone. Most Kaska
live in the communities of Ross River and Watson Lake in the Yukon
and in Lower Post, Good Hope Lake, and Fireside in British Columbia.
The dialects of Kaska spoken in different regions differ somewhat
in the pronunciation of words and in the terms that are used for
certain expressions. Josephine Acklack has been the Kaska instructor
for the UBC course and most of the material on the website is in
Additional Kaska language materials, including the Kaska, Mountain
Slavey, and Sekani noun dictionary, and a collection of Kaska narratives,
are available from the Kaska Tribal Council. Anyone who is interested
in obtaining these materials should contact Dorothy John, Language
Coordinator, Kaska Tribal Council, Box 530, Watson Lake, Yukon
(867-536-2805). A Kaska alphabet book is also available from the
Liard First Nation. Anyone who would like to obtain a copy of this
resource should contact Kathy Magun, Director of Education, Liard
First Nation, Box 328, Watson Lake, Yukon (867-536-2912)