Mandate and Principles
To document, preserve and promote Gwich'in
culture, language, traditional knowledge, and values.
Our Elders play a crucial role as teachers. They are
the source of traditional knowledge, history, language and culture
The preservation and respect for the land are essential
to the well-being of our people and our culture.
Our family history is important to our identity as
All Gwich'in have a role to play in keeping
our traditional knowledge, history, language and culture alive.
Cross cultural understanding and awareness between
Gwich'in and non-Gwich'in is essential in building a
new respect and understanding in today's global community.
Robert Alexie, Percy Henry, Walter Alexie and
Alfred Semple in the Upper Blackstone River area, July 2003. Photo credit:
Ingrid Kritsch, GSCI.