Dene Languages Conference 2013

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Dene Languages Conference 2013



The 2013 Dene (Athabaskan) Languages Conference will take place June 12-14, 2013, on the pow-wow grounds of the Tsuu T’ina Nation just outside of Calgary, Canada. This is the only conference in North America that focuses specifically on Dene (Athabaskan, Na-Dene) languages and communities, and has Dene from all over North America in attendance.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Dene Drum and Discourse“. It expresses the idea that language is intimately connected with its social and cultural setting. In many Dene communities, drumming represents one practice in which all of these related elements – language, culture, and social interaction – come together, and where the sharing of language and culture with younger generations has often been particularly successful. The conference will feature performances by Dene drum groups who span the entire Dene territory from north to south. These groups will also talk about their cultural and language work. The rest of the conference will consist of presentations on language maintenance and revitalization, language and linguistic studies, and more presentations on drums and drumming.

We invite you all to come – Elders, youth and other community members, teachers, speakers and learners, linguists and other academics.

Conference accommodation

There are hotels, B&B’s and motels in nearby Cochrane, Bragg Creek, and Calgary. Camping on the fully equipped pow-wow campground is free for conference participants. A list of hotels will soon be posted on this website.


Questions about the 2013 conference can be sent by e-mail to, or by mail, telephone, or fax to:

Dene Languages Conference 2013
4-32 Assiniboia Hall, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Canada T6G 2E7
Fax: (780) 492-0806
Tel. (780) 492-3434.

Conference hosts and organizers

Tsuu T’ina Nation, Cold Lake First Nations, University of Alberta (Department of Linguistics)



  1. Jen says:

    Is this real?
    What is the connection between this confrence and the other which uses the same image in their website?

    • Hi Jen,

      I am not sure if someone has answered you query at this stage, but if not perhaps I can help with some clarificatory comments.

      There are to websites for this conference. The first ( is merely a referral page for the page giving information on the current conference. The University of Alaska Fairbanks always hosts a website for the Dene Languages Conference, but we cannot easily edit this page. So it has been handier to create our own page here at so that we can add and remove information on our own. The Alaskan page will stay and refer to this page.

      Kind regards,


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