Ruth Carroll

Ruth Carroll

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Fort McPherson, NWT

Cultural Presenter

Ruth Carroll is a speaker of the Gwich’in language. She recently retired as the host of Nantaii and Voice of the Gwich’in, after hosting on CBC for 8 years. The Gwich’in language is considered “severely endangered” by the United Nations’ Atlas of the World’s Languages. One study from UNESCO estimates the total number of Gwich’in speakers in the world: About 150 people in Alaska and about 250 in Canada. Carroll is the last of a family of 14 children and the first in the family born in a hospital, and was born in Fort McPherson. Ruth remembers a childhood of trapping muskrat, hunting caribou and picking berries. Ruth grew up listening to elders’ stories and she continues to be a integral part of her culture.