Language & Culture

Community Goals


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SUPPORT MEMBERS IN CONDUCTING TRADITIONAL CEREMONIES

  • Hold traditional ceremonies throughout the year and ensure all members feel they are welcome to attend

ENSURE THAT THE DENE & CREE LANGUAGES ARE PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

  • Develop language courses for all ages
  • Develop traditional teachings

PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MEMBERS TO LEARN TRADITIONAL SKILLS

  • Teach members hunting, trapping, and fishing skills year round
  • Teach members how to make boats (skiffs)
  • Teach members wayfinding skills to navigate lakes and forests
  • Teach members survival skills and how to live on the land
  • Share traditional medicine knowledge

PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELDERS TO SHARE THEIR TEACHINGS WITH YOUTH MEMBERS

  • Hold seasonal Culture Camps

STUDY, DOCUMENT, & SHARE BIRCH NARROWS HISTORY WITH MEMBERS

  • Study Community Genealogy
  • Study Traditional Last Names
  • Document Areas and Landmarks to Preserve (i.e. Clear Lake)
  • Undertake a Community Wide History Project to be Used in School Curriculum
  • Create local History book that includes traditional and Current Mapping

25

Number of Dene Speakers

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5

Number of Cree Speakers

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70

Number of Attendees at Camps

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25

Number of Boat Makers

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20

Number of Traditionally Skilled People

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26

Number of Elders – Men & Women

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12

Number of Cultural Activities Held in Community Each Year

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TBD

Number of Artisans/Performers/Knowledge Keepers

814

Birch Narrows Registered Population

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