Dah Dẕāhge Nodes̱idē (DDN), the Tahltan Language and Culture Council, is a governing body of the Tāłtān Language and Culture Program. They meet throughout the year to guide the work being done on the language.
Current DDN members are:
- Regina Louie, Iskut Band fluent speaker
- Pat Etzerza, Tahltan Band fluent speaker for Dease Lake
- Margery Inkster Sr., Tahltan Band fluent speaker for Telegraph Creek
- Hostełmā (Pauline Hawkins), Tahltan School Language and Culture Teacher
- Angela Dennis, Klappan School Tahltan Language teacher
- Melva Quock, Tahltan Central Government representative
DDN meetings are open to all Tahltans and are regularly attended by the members of the Tahltan Language and Culture Program. See updates for upcoming DDN meetings if you are interested in attending or have something to bring to the council.
Below is more information on the DDN from our Terms of Reference:
Dah Dẕāhge Nodes̱idē / Tahltan Language and Culture Council
Terms of Reference
Dah Dẕāhge Nodes̱idē/Tahltan Language and Culture Council, operates under the auspices of Tahltan Central Government (TCG), Tahltan Band Council (TBC), and Iskut Band Council (IBC), the three Tahltan Political Governing Bodies. The Council will be an Advisory/Steering/Decision-Making committee.
Our language is so much a part of who we are, and that is stated clearly in the language and culture vision statement from the March 2012 Socio-Cultural Working Group Leadership Forum: “Didene Ekune Mehōdihi Eku Desijihi – All Tahltan people are living the Tahltan way of life.” By promoting our language and culture and creating awareness amongst our people about the importance of our language and how it connects us to our land, our Elders, our Ancestors, our culture, our identity as Tahltan people, our well-being and health, it will serve as a form of empowerment for our nation.
Who will comprise Dah Dẕāhge Nodes̱idē:
- Tahltan School Language and Culture Teacher;
- Dease Lake School Language and Culture Teacher;
- Klappan School Language and Culture Teacher;
Non-elected representatives from Tahltan Political Governing Bodies
- one representative appointed by Tahltan Central Government;
- one fluent/silent speaker from Telegraph Creek appointed by Tahltan Band Council;
- one fluent/silent speaker from Dease Lake appointed by Tahltan Band Council;
- one fluent/silent speaker from Iskut appointed by Iskut Band Council;
- Tahltan Language and Culture Director
- Tahltan Language and Culture Community Manager
- Tahltan Language and Culture Manager of Projects
- Tahltan Language and Culture Coordinator (1 representative from each community)
- Tahltan Language and Culture Assistant (minimum 1 representative from each community)
- Alternates for representatives appointed by political governing bodies (TCG, IBC, TBC) member positions, if first person appointed is also in attendance.
What are the operating guidelines of Dah Dẕāhge Nodes̱idē:
- Dah Dzāhge Nodesidē will meet quarterly, which will include an annual general meeting;
- Meetings are open to all Tahltan people;
- The quorum required for decision-making will be 4 of 7 voting members;
- The political governing bodies (TCG, IBC, TBC) will appoint alternates for their representatives;
- Dah Dzāhge Nodesidē will select a member to serve as chair, with the chair position rotating amongst the voting members;
- Dah Dzāhge Nodesidē will select a member to serve as vice-chair, with the vice-chair position rotating amongst the voting members;
- Dah Dzāhge Nodesidē will select a member to serve as secretary;
- The chair and secretary will ensure that agenda and minutes are prepared for each meeting;
- The chair and secretary will ensure that minutes, records, and correspondence are maintained;
- Each member will identify a conflict of interest related to matters under discussion;
- Reports will be made annually regarding the status of Dah Dzāhge Nodesidē and any activities undertaken; these will be made available upon request, and presented at appropriate assemblies and events.
What is the purpose of Dah Dẕāhge Nodes̱idē:
- To document, preserve, promote, and revitalize the Tahltan language and culture;
- To bring our communities together into one strong nation in order to work together to revitalize the Tahltan language and culture;
- To increase the number of fluent speakers.
What are the Roles and Responsibilities of Dah Dẕāhge Nodes̱idē:
- Provide guidance in the promotion of the Tahltan language to our Tahltan people living within and outside our territory, as well as to non-Tahltans living within our territory;
- Provide guidance in the creation of short- and long-term language plans;
- Provide guidance in the development of a language policy;
- Serve as the decision-making body for language and culture revitalization;
- Act as a language authority in the certification of Tahltan language teachers for the BC Teacher Regulation Branch;
- Address language issues of orthography and new vocabulary;
- Be the nation’s point of contact for individuals and/or groups researching Tahltan language and culture;
- Advertise the existence and role of Dah Dzāhge Nodesidē on a website with links to contacts and resources;
- Research and recommend traditional and cultural protocols;
- Review language curriculum, plans, guides, materials, resources, documentation, and teaching strategies prior to implementation in schools or communities;
How long is the committee formed for:
- Indefinitely, to ensure the security, evolution, and the vitality of the Tahltan language.
- Appointments will remain in effect until such time as the representative resigns or the Political Governing Bodies (TCG, TBC, IBC) appoint another person to serve as its representative.
Amended January 18, 2019.
Note: Dah DzāhgeNodesidē/Tahltan Language Council Terms of Reference are subject to change to enhance the roles and responsibilities of the Council to meet any future Tahltan Language and Culture program objectives.