The story below tells of the strength and unity of the goose, all of which the CSTC represents in its work for the Carrier and Sekani people.
In autumn we see gees flying along in a "V" formation as they head south for the winter. You might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way.
Scientists have discovered that, as each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.
When people share a common direction and sense of community, they can get where they are going easier and faster because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of trying to do it alone and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.
If we have much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are heading the same direction as us.
When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back into the wing and another goose flies point.
It pays to take turns doing hard jobs - with people or geese flying south.
The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.
What do we say when we honk from behind?
Finally, when a goose gets sick or is wounded by hunters and falls out, two other geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is able to fly or he dies. They then launch on their won or with another formation to catch up with the group.
If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other.