Elder Doreen Patrick will be teaching an upcoming Carrier (Dakelh) language course at CNC in Quesnel with Ellie Peters. (Photo submitted)

Elder Doreen Patrick will be teaching an upcoming Carrier (Dakelh) language course at CNC in Quesnel with Ellie Peters. (Photo submitted)

Elders to teach conversational Carrier course at Quesnel CNC

The course starts in early January

If learning an Indigenous language is one of your New Year’s resolutions you might be able to check it off.

Students will have the opportunity to learn the Carrier (Dakelh) or Yinka Dene language at Quesnel’s College of New Caledonia beginning Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Aboriginal Studies 150-Conversational Carrier is designed for students with no knowledge of Dakelh.

The 16-week program will be taught by elders Doreen Patrick and Ellie Peters, who will introduce students to the spoken and written language, with an emphasis on basic conversation and culturally important vocabulary and phrases.

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“This course would be good for anyone who is a Dakelh silent speaker so they can practice speaking the language,” Patrick said.

“It would also be important for people who work in health care, social services, and at front desks so that they can converse with elders who may not speak English well.”

The course will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 5 p.m. from January 4 to April 22 at the Quesnel Tillicum Society/Native Friendship Centre.

Credits can be applied toward the Associate of Arts Degree Aboriginal Studies or the Aboriginal Studies Certificate.

For more information contact Lori Gagnon at 250-991-7500 extension 7622 or email gagnonlori@cnc.bc.ca.

To register visit cnc.bc.ca/apply.

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