Language Family: Dene (Athabaskan)
Language known as: Dene, Dene Tha’, Acha'otinne, Dene Tha (ᑌ ᒐ)
Dene K’e is spoken in the far Northeast corner of British Columbia, the southeast corner of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta. The language is called Dene Tha’ where it is spoken in northern Alberta and has been known by the English name "Slave". In spite of its originally pejorative sense, the term "Slave" is in often used by Dene K’e people when speaking English and is a translation of Cree "awahka:n" meaning "captive/slave"1.
State of the Language
Footnotes / References
1. source: http://www.ydli.org/langs/slave.htm
2. Kotchea, Antoine (2009, Sept.1). Interview with Antoine Kotchea.
3. Language Data from Fort Nelson First Nation (2014), Language Needs Assessment #3342
Audio Clip References
A. Sa Na Needleh - Kotchea, Antoine (2009, Sept.1). Interview with Antoine Kotchea.