Gwich’in Tribal Council Launches New Cultural Heritage Website

FORT MCPHERSON (April 21, 2016) – The GTC is pleased to announce the launch of a new website by its Department of Cultural Heritage - formerly known as the Gwich’in Social and Cultural Institute (GSCI).  The website will feature a wide range of research carried out over more than two decades with Gwich’in elders, traditional land users and academic researchers to support Gwich’in culture and heritage in the Northwest Territories. 

Of special note are:

  • Publications, reports and other resources by GSCI that can now be downloaded
  • Direct access to the Gwich’in Place Name and Story Atlas with 900 named places
  • An ethnobotany/plant database describing how plants were used traditionally for food, medicine and other purposes
  • Language samples
  • Photos
  • Elder’s biographies
  • Information for researchers interested in working in the Gwich’in Settlement Region, and many other resources. 

The site will also provide direct access to the Department of Cultural Heritage Facebook page and YouTube Channel.  

The website is a powerful reflection of the department’s mandate, “to document, preserve and promote Gwich’in culture, language, traditional knowledge and values.”  The department will continue to add resources in the coming months.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Snowshoe
Director of Cultural Heritage
Gwich’in Tribal Council

Tony Devlin
Director of Communications
Gwich’in Tribal Council