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Language Family: Dene (Athabaskan)

Language known as: Kaska, Kaska Dena
Key Phrases
Soga sénláʼA - Thank you
For more key phrases see the First Voices Archive

Most Danezāgé’ speakers 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.1

State of the Language

"The Kaska language has lost its natural and everyday use as the language of the home and work place. Elders and those who do traditional work on the land still speak the native language, mostly among friends and family."2

First Nation Population Fluent Speakers Understand or Speak Somewhat Learning Speakers
Daylu Dena Council3295620
Dease River First Nation4246106060
Liard First Nation10725unknownunknownunknown
Footnotes / References
1. source: http://kaska.arts.ubc.ca/
2. source: http://www.gov.yk.ca/aboutyukon/language.html
3. Language Data from Daylu Dena Council (2012), Language Needs Assessment #2961
4. Language Data from Organization/First Nation/Government (2012), Language Needs Assessment #3113
5. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2008). First Nation Registered Population.

Audio Clip References
A. Soga sénláʼ - Pat Moore & Leda Jules (2007-October-17 ). Liard Kaska First Nation Archive.