Mission, Vision & Values

Vision Statement

The Gwich'in are a culturally vibrant and independent nation that is environmentally responsible and socially, economically and politically self-reliant.

Mission Statement

The Gwich'in protect and advance their interests through hard work, collaborative approaches and good governance in order to improve the lives and preserve the culture of the Gwich'in.

Gwich'in Values

  • Respect
  • Honor
  • Love
  • Kindness
  • Dance/Song
  • Laughter/Humour
  • Teaching
  • Our Stories
  • Spirituality
  • Honesty & Fairness
  • Sharing & Caring

Gwich'in Principles

Our elders play a crucial role as teachers. They are the source of traditional knowledge, history, language and culture.

The Gwich'in way of life is based on a unique and special economic and spiritual relationship between the land and water.

The preservation and respect for the land are essential to the well-being and subsistence lifestyle of our people and our culture.

Our family history is important to our identity as Gwich'in.

All Gwich'in have a role to play in keeping the 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.

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