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Mr.

Wilkinson | First Nations Studies 12 | Mapping Yukon indigenous place names


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Mapping Yukon indigenous place names
In this activity, you and your classmates will work together to make a Google Map of the Yukon using
traditional place names.

Goals
Gain a deeper appreciation of Yukons indigenous heritage.
Understand place names as an area of conflict between indigenous people and colonizers.
Practice pronouncing words in Inuktitut, Tlingit, and Yukon Athapaskan languages.
Use a simple computer-based geographical information system.

Instructions
I will assign you 1-3 First Nations to study. Options:
Carcross/Tagish
Champagne & Aishihik
Nacho Nyak Dun
Kluane, Kwanlin Dn, Taan Kwachan
Little Salmon / Carmacks
Ross River Dena, Liard
Selkirk
Teslin Tlingit
Trondk Hwchin
Vuntut Gwitchin
White River
Inuvialuit (part of their settlement region is in the Yukon).
Tetlit Gwichin (part of their settlement region is in the Yukon).
On your worksheet (last page of this booklet) write down which First Nation(s) you have been
assigned, the communities in that First Nations territory, and the language traditionally spoken
by that First Nation.

Using Google Maps, identify 10-15 major geographical features in your First Nations territory.
These can be natural (lakes, rivers, glaciers, mountains, mountain ranges) or created by
humans (villages, towns, mines, roads). Record the longitude and latitude of each feature
(except for roads and rivers) in the table on your worksheet (last page of this booklet).

Use the Yukon Gazetteer (available through your course website) to find the traditional names
of the features you found, and their English translations if possible. Record these in the table on
your worksheet (last page of this booklet). Dont forget to write diacritical marks on vowels
wherever necessary!
Hint: having trouble finding place names with traditional names? Look in the Gazetteer (instead
of on the map) for names from your First Nation - there are lots! Search using the abbreviations

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of page 3 of the gazetteer.

You are now ready to start publishing your findings to the Internet! On the I have invited you to
contribute to our class map at mapsengine.google.com (you should have received an e-mail).
Log in to the map, click new layer and name the layer YourName-YourFirstNation.

On the map, fiind your First Nations territory. Find each of the features youve identified, and
give it a place-marker. I have given each language group a colour, and left example
dummy placemarkers on the map at the Whitehorse Airport. Please make sure that all
of your placemarkers are the correct colour so that readers can see which language
group created which names.

The title of each place-marker should be the traditional name for the place. In the textbox of
each place-marker, write the English translation of the traditional name.
Note: you do NOT need to write the English place-name, just the English translation of the
traditional name.

Use the Internet to find pictures of the places youve marked. (You might find it easier to search
using the English names). Insert an appropriate photograph into each of your placemarkers.

Thats all! I hope that you enjoy working together in this way, and creating something valuable
that can be shared with the world.





Mr. Wilkinson | First Nations Studies 12 | Mapping Yukon indigenous place names

Useful Links (also available through your course website)
How to type in Yukon native languages
http://youtu.be/Tbk7lMdMl5E

How to insert a placemark
http://youtu.be/5OU9HBpFrZk

Yukon gazetteer of place names
http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/firstnations/pdf/yt_gazett
eer_10.pdf

Yukon Native Language Centre
ynlc.ca



Assessment
Satisfactory (3/5) Excellent (5/5)
Language You have chosen the correct
language and the correct
territory for your First Nation.

Satisfactory +
Place names are spelled
correctly with all the necessary
diacritical marks.
Presentation Placemarks are positioned
accurately and in the correct
colour. Where possible, English
translations of indigenous
placenames are provided.
Satisfactory +
Each placemark label includes
an appropriate photograph from
the Internet.
Depth You have found and labelled 10
place names.
Satisfactory +
5 more place names = 15.
Total: /15

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Name: ________________________
Worksheet



First Nation studied:

Communities:

Language:

Feature type
(i.e. river, town
mountain, etc.)
Co-ordinates
(longitude and
latitude)
English name Traditional name
& English translation (if available)