FNS 12: Language Week with maps


  • Read and pronounce words in Yukon Athapaskan languages, Tlingit, and Inuktitut.
  • Deepen your understanding of traditional territories by examining indigenous place names.
  • Learn the Southern Tutchone and Tlingit words for some useful plants in the southern Yukon.
  • Appreciate the work currently being done to revitalize Yukon indigenous languages.
  • Use a simple geographical information system.


Journal entry: Draw a picture of the plant you harvested at home, and write its name in at least one Yukon native language. State at least one way in which Yukon native people have traditionally used this plant. Describe where you found it, who you went with, and what it tasted like.


Source: Council of Yukon First Nations

Gazetteer of Yukon place names http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/firstnations/pdf/yt_gazetteer_10.pdf


Alaska Native language centre: http://www.uaf.edu/anlc/

Yukon Place Names Board: http://www.yukonplacenames.ca/YGPNB_flash.html

Medicinal flora of the Alaska natives:

Gwich’in Plant database: http://plants.gwichin.ca/

Southeast Alaska Traditional Food Guide: http://www.searhc.org/documents/health-promotions/TradFoodGuideFinal_1.pdf

Map of Yukon languages: http://www.gov.yk.ca/pdf/languages_map.pdf