Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Northern B.C. Lheidli T'enneh Elder and Indigenous Language Teacher Passes Away

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Northern B.C. Lheidli T'enneh Elder and Indigenous Language Teacher Passes Away

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Key teacher of Indigenous B.C. language mourned

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The oldest elder of a northern British Columbia First Nation and one of the few speakers of its language has died.

Students, colleagues and Indigenous leaders are remembering Mary Gouchie for her efforts to ensure the language lives on.

Gouchie was just weeks short of her 98th birthday when she died on Thursday and flags at Prince George City Hall and the College of New Caledonia have been lowered in her honour.

The Lheidli T'enneh elder was a teacher and keeper of the Lheidli dialect, and was best known as the driving force behind courses offered at the college on the Carrier language.

Fellow teacher Marlene Erickson says Gouchie's insights about the course curriculum and revitalization of the language were immeasurable. …

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