North Slavey (Sahtúotʼı̨nę Yatį́)

North Slavey is variety of Slavey, a Northern Athabaskan language spoken in the District of Mackenzie in the Northwest Territories of Canada. In 2006 there were 1,235 speakers of North Slavey.

North Slavey is also known as Slavi, Dené, Mackenzian, Slave, Sahtúot’ı̨nę Yatı̨́ and ᓴᑋᕲᖌᑎᑊᐠᓀᐠ ᔭᕱ. It has three dialects: K’áshogot’ıné /ᑲᑊᗱᑯᑎᑊᓀ, Sahtúgot’ıné / ᓴᑋᕲᒼᑯᑎᑊᓀ and Shıhgot’ıne / ᗰᑋᑯᑎᑊᓀ.

North Slavely is recognized as an official language in the Northwest Territories. This means that it can be used in courts, and in the local legislature. Laws and other documents can be published in North Slavey on request. A program to revitalize Slavey was started by the Universty of Victoria in 2015. It involves bringing together fluent speakers and learners, who learn the language through immersion.

Latin alphabet for North Slavey

Latin alphabet for North Slavey

North Slavey Syllabarium

This script was developed for the K'áshogot'ine (Hare) dialect of North Slavey. It was first published in 1911.

North Slavey Syllabarium


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Details of North Slavey scripts and pronunciation provided by Wolfram Siegel

Sample video in North Slavey


Information about North Slavey

Na-Dené languages

Ahtna, Apache (Western), Babine-Witsuwit'en, Chilcotin, Chipewyan, Deg Xinag, Dena’ina, Dane-zaa (Beaver), Eyak, Gwich'in, Hän, Hupa, Jicarilla, Kaska, Koyukon, Lipan Apache, Lower Tanana, Mescalero-Chiricahua, Navajo, North Slavey, Sekani, South Slavey, Tahltan, Tanacross, Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib), Tolowa, Tsuut'ina (Sarcee), Tutchone, Upper Kuskokwim, Upper Tanana

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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