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FIRST WORDS: Linda McDonald speaks Kaska

Today, there are seven fluent speakers of the Kaska dialect that Linda McDonald speaks. She doesn’t consider herself one of the seven, because she still struggles to put some sentences together.
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FIRST WORDS: Linda McDonald speaks Kaska

Today, there are seven fluent speakers of the Kaska dialect that Linda McDonald speaks. She doesn’t consider herself one of the seven, because she still struggles to put some sentences together.

FIRST WORDS: Martina Shovar speaks Ktunaxa

With fewer than 30 speakers left, you might expect Martina Shovar to feel discouraged about the future of her Ktunaxa language. But she's hopeful.

FIRST WORDS: Why Amazing Race Canada winners want you to learn Indigenous languages

Anthony Johnson and James Makokis won the seventh season of Amazing Race Canada, and chose Team Ahkameyimok as their name during the competition. In this podcast exclusive, they explain the important role their languages play on and off reality TV.

First Words: Diga speaks Tlicho

Diga, who is from Behchoko, N.W.T. and is the lead singer of the rock band Digawolf, shares some of his favourite words in Tlicho.

First Words: Ziibiins Alexandra Johnson speaks Anishinaabemowin

Ziibiins Alexandra Johnson is Anishinaabe from Red Lake Nation in northwestern Minnesota. She'll teach you a few words in her language, and the phrase for 'the leaves sound nice being blown by the wind' in Anishinaabemowin.

First Words: Elizabeth Wilson speaks Heiltsuk

Elizabeth Wilson is a Heiltsuk language teacher. She'll teach you the Heiltsuk words for 'thank you very much' and 'respect.'

First Words: Lorena Cote speaks Saulteaux

Lorena Cote is a Saulteaux language teacher at First Nations University of Canada. She'll teach you the Saulteaux words for respect and humility.

First Words: Jordan Konek speaks Inuktitut

Jordan Konek is an Inuit reporter originally from Arviat, Nunavut. In this episode, he talks about being the first CBC reporter to broadcast a story on The National in the Inuktitut language. He'll also teach you the Inuktitut word for "power".

First Words: Ian McCallum speaks Munsee

In this episode of First Words, educator Ian McCallum teaches you how to say "kii haa koolamalsi?", Munsee for "how are you feeling?", "noolamalsi," Munsee for "I am fine," and "anushiik" which means "thank you."

First Words: Lawrence Nayally speaks Dehcho Zhatie

In this episode of First Words, CBC host Lawrence Nayally teaches you how to say I love you and take good care of yourself in Dehcho Zhatie.

First Words: Jeremy Dutcher speaks Wolastoqey

In this episode of First Words, Juno award winner Jeremy Dutcher explains the intimate connection between his language and music.

First Words: Valentina Fox speaks Nakoda

In this episode of First Words, Stoney elder Valentina Fox teaches you how to say "hold on to our Nakoda language."

First Words: Adrian Sutherland speaks Cree

In this episode, Adrian Sutherland of the band Midnight Shine shares the challenge of translating Neil Young lyrics into Cree. He'll also teach you how to say sing me a song in his language.

First Words: Bryson Syliboy speaks Mi'kmaw

Bryson Syliboy is Mi'kmaw from Sipekne'katik First Nation in Nova Scotia. He started tweeting out a Mi'kmaw word of the day, related to something happening in the world. This week, he'll teach you how to say hello, welcome and see you later in Mi'kmaw.

First Words: Eli Langley speaks Koasati

At 20 years old, Eli Langley is the youngest person in his tribe to speak Koasati fluently, a language native to the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. In this episode, he'll teach you how to say brother, clan and god.

First Words: Larry Grant speaks hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓

In this episode of First Words, Musqueam Elder Larry Grant teaches you a word for “I really love you,” and one for “pal.”

First Words: Trish Rosborough speaks Kwak'wala

In this episode of First Words, Trish Rosborough teaches you several words in Kwak'wala - and the layers of meaning behind them. For example, a'tłi means forest, but depending where you live, it can also mean something else.

First Words: Katia Olsen speaks SENĆOTEN

In this episode of First Words, Katia Olsen teaches you a word that encompasses birthright and history, and one for acknowledging and giving thanks.

First Words: Bruce Starlight speaks Tsuut'ina

In this episode of First Words, Bruce Starlight explains why there are only 29 speakers of Tsuut'ina left and teaches you a short, conversational way to greet someone.

First Words: Cameron Adams speaks Swampy Cree

In this episode of First Words, Cameron Adams explains how living with an acquired brain injury makes learning Swampy Cree even more challenging. He'll also teach you a bunch of words including kisâkihitin, which means I love you, and how to say hello and bugs.

First Words: Russell Fayant speaks Michif

In this episode of First Words, Russell Fayant explains why so few people speak the Michif language. He'll teach you the word for partner, how to say to laugh and a phrase that means reconciliation.

First Words: Richard Van Camp speaks Tlicho

In this episode of First Words, writer and storyteller Richard Van Camp explains the meaning behind his son Edzazii's name. He'll also teach you to say bear, rabbit and ask someone 'Would you like some tea?' in Tlicho.

First Words: Anna Marie Sewell speaks — and sings — in Mi'kmaq

In this episode of First Words, Anna Marie Sewell teaches you how to say wela'lin or thank you in Mi'kmaq, you'll also learn the word for ocean how to say coming together.

First Words: James Bilagody speaks Navajo

In this episode of First Words, actor James Bilagody teaches you how to say a greeting, the word for prayer and defines Sa'ah Naagháí Bik'eh Hózhóón, which means life in beauty in the Navajo language.

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