Carrier, Southern


A language of Canada


500 (1987 SIL). 2,060 identified in 2001. Census does not separate Babine [bcr], Central Carrier [crx], and Southern Carrier. All Athapaskan L1 speakers in Canada 20,100 (1998 census).


Central British Columbia, west of Quesnel and south of Cheslatta lake, toward the Fraser river and its tributaries, and Anahim Lake-Ulkatcho.

Language Maps
Language Status

8a (Moribund).


Cheslatta, Nautley, Prince George, Stellaquo, Stoney Creek. Lexical similarity: 90% with Central Carrier [crx].

Language Use

Also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%–75%. Literature adapted from Central Carrier is useable. NT: 2002.

Latin script [Latn]. Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics script [Cans], no longer in use.