The Carrier syllabary, or Déné Syllabics, was devised
by Father Adrien-Gabriel Morice in 1885. He adapted it from the syllabic
writing systems developed for the Athabaskan languages of the Northwest
Territories of Canada by Father Emile Petitot.
The Carrier syllabary was fairly widely used for several decades for
such purposes as writing diaries and letters and leaving messages on
trees. Though the syllabary is no longer used or understood by many
people, there has been a recent revival of interest in it and it occasionally
appears on plaques and memorials.
In the 1960s, the Carrier Linguistic Committee in Fort St James developed
an alternative writing system based on the Latin
alphabet. This system is now the most popular writing system for Dakelh.
Used to write
Carrier (Dakeł / ᑕᗸᒡ),
an Athabascan language spoken by 3,600 people in central British
This syllabary has also been adapted to write a number of other indigenous
languages of North American such as Cree