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Yinka Déné is a term for the Athabascan-speaking people of northern British Columbia. The Yinka Déné Language Institute in Vanderhoof, founded in 1988, is devoted to the preservation and promotion of Yinka Déné language and culture.
Catherine Bird, née Prince, also known as Catherine Coldwell, is a Nak’azdli band member who served as the Yinke Déné Language Institute’s senior language instructor for its teacher training program. She started working on the Dakelh language with the Carrier Linguistic Committee in Fort Saint James in the 1960s.
After pioneering the introduction of Dakelh (Carrier) language instruction in public schools in northern B.C., Bird taught the language at the primary and secondary school levels and at the University of Northern British Columbia. From 1996 through 1999 she was the President of the Carrier Linguistic Committee.
Her children’s books are The Boy Who Snared the Sun (1994) and The Robin and the Song Sparrow (1994). In additions, she co-authored the first modern Dakelh dictionary, Central Carrier Bilingual Dictionary (1974), a dictionary of the Nak’albun/Dzinghubun (Stuart/Trembleur Lake) dialect containing about 3000 entries. It was compiled by Francesca Antoine, Catherine Bird, Agnes Isaac, Nellie Prince, Sally Sam, Richard Walker and David B. Wilkinson.
Bird, Catherine et al. Central Carrier Bilingual Dictionary (Fort Saint James: Carrier Linguistic Committee. 1974).
Bird, Catherine et al. Nak'al Bun Whudakelhne Bughuni: Stuart Lake, The People of their Words (Vanderhoof: Yinka Dene Language Institute, 1991)
Bird, Catherine. The Boy Who Snared the Sun: A Carrier (Dakelh) Legend (Vanderhoof: Yinka Dene Language Institute, 1994). Edited by Rose Pierre and illustrated by Roan Muntener.
Bird, Catherine. The Robin and the Song Sparrow (Vanderhoof: Yinka Dene Language Institute, 1994). Edited by Rose Pierre and illustrated by Roan Muntener.
Nak'al Bun Whudakelhne Bughuni
Catherine Bird, Mildred Martin, Florence Sam, Irene Antoine and Ileen Heer co-authored Nak’al Bun Whudakelhne Bughuni (1991), a bilingual classroom dictionary for and about the people of Stuart Lake. The project was conceived and managed by Heer, a classroom teacher in Fort St. James. It’s the second dictionary for the Central Carrier people, following the Central Carrier Bilingual Dictionary published in 1974.
Nak'al Bun Whudakelhne Bughuni: Stuart Lake, The People of their Words (Vanderhoof: Yinka Dene Language Institute, 1991)