Declaration on Education, Language & Culture
Yinka Dene Declaration on Education, Language and Culture
Recognizing our Creator put us on this earth to protect all life;
Recognizing that the earth is like our Mother as it nourishes, warms and cloths us;
Recognizing our great law of respect for all our brothers and sisters and all of creation handed to us through generations as symbolized in the white feathers of peace;
Recognizing our great law of sharing of our wealth with our brothers and sisters as set fourth in our Bat’lats (potlatch);
We hereby agree, and commit ourselves as elders, chiefs and representatives of the member Tribes of the Yinka Dene Nation, to work together as one for the education of our people.
The principles that will govern our approach to education are:
1. The Yinka Dene must control their own education.
2. All Yinka Dene must have the opportunity to reach their full human potential through education.
3. Yinka Dene education needs the full participation of elders, parents and community leaders in teaching and learning.
4. Yinka Dene education promotes the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being of our people to ensure their educational success.
The goals of Yinka Dene education are:
With the guidance of the elders, to teach the Yinka Dene language, way of life and history – past and present;
To prepare the Yinka Dene with the tools for success in the modern world.
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council - July 1988