Chipewyan Baby Name Not Allowed on N.W.T. Birth Certificate

CBC News

March 6, 2015 – A mother's battle for her daughter's name has become a fight for representation of her traditional language — all thanks to one character: ʔ.

Sahaiʔa May Talbot was born on Feb. 15, 2014, to mother Shene Catholique Valpy. Catholique Valpy, 24, chose her daughter's name because of its meaning in her traditional language of Chipewyan: “When the sun just peeks through.”

The symbol in Sahaiʔa's name is the glottal stop, an important one in Chipewyan that signifies both pronunciation and meaning. If it were replaced with a different character, Sahaiʔa's name would both sound and mean something completely different.

READ FULL ARTICLE:,. “N.W.T. Won't Let Mother Legally Name Baby Sahaiʔa“. N. p., 2015. Web. 29 Dec. 2015.

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