Nadleh Whut'en

Language: Dakelh (ᑕᗸᒡ)
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Historically known as: Fraser Lake Indian Band

Contact Information:
Nadleh Whut'en Band
PO Box 36
Fort Fraser, BC
V0J 1N0
ph. (250) 690-7211
fx. (250) 690-7316

The Nadleh Whut'en are located in the Central Interior of British Columbia at the east end of Fraser Lake. Most of the 419 members reside in Nadleh, the main community, while others live in Lejac. Nadleh is located along the banks of the Nadleh River between Fraser Lake and the Nechako River. Lejac is located on the south side of Fraser Lake, on the site of the former Lejac Residential School.

The Nadleh Whut'en speak a dialect of the Dakelh (Carrier) Language which is part of the Athapaskan language family. Carrier people refer to themselves as Dakelh, which means "people who travel by water."

Nadleh refers to where the salmon return every year. Whut'en refers to where you come from.

The Clans of the Nadleh Whut'en Band are Ultseh yoo (frog), Dumdehm yoo (bear), Luk sil yoo (caribou), Ulstah mus yoo (owl, grouse), and Tsah yoo (beaver).1

Language Information

Fluent Speakers: 11 2
Understand or Speak Somewhat: 14 2
Learning Speakers: 13 2

Community Information

Population: 419 2
Internet Connectivity: Dial-in3

Footnotes / References
1. Introductory text provided by the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation to FirstVoices for their community portal page
2. Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (2010), Language Needs Assessment #1870
3. Aboriginal Canada (2006). First Nation Connectivity Profiles.