Nadleh Whut'en First Nation Nadleh Whut'en First Nation

Our People

Our Language

The Nadleh Whut'en people are a part of the Athapaskan language group, which covers most of north eastern BC, part of northern Alberta, southern Yukon and south west Northwest Territories.  The Nadleh Whut'en speak a dialect of the Dakelh Language which is part of the Athapaskan language family. Our 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. 

Words/Phrase of the month:

Hoonust'i whusainya- I am happy you came

Hoonust'i whusahdil- I am happy you all came

Hoonust'i nan yoonst'en si- I am happy to see you again




As part of our efforts to protect and teach our language, we have archived some of our language with First Voices (  If you are interested in learning Dakelh please contact us! Without our language we lose a part of our history and our place on the land.

Here are some external links about Dakelh language that some may find of interest:

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