VISION AND PERSONAL STATEMENT
The future of Kluane First Nation is solely dependant on the strategies that we as Kluane People set in place as to where we want our First Nation to be in the future. We are a First Nation that have has a lot of educated members who want these dreams to be fulfilled, not only for this generation but for the future of our children. The work that is being set and done now is not for us, but for the future generations. The foundation is being built. This is what I want to be part of, seeing that security is in place for the Generations to come.
I have returned to this community as this is where I was born and raised. Our community has gone through a lot of traumas, pain and suffering through Residential School, development of the Alaska Highway, and through deaths in our community including many who were young and had their futures robbed from them. We still survived in spite of all this and with each other in unity we can work through these types of issues that has happened to us. Our self- worth is worth far more important than any force opposing us and we will not be torn apart and instead will continue to work towards Unity and oneness and this will not tear us apart; it only allows us to live in Unity as one. I care about my people, our Elders, our youth and those who are suffering in this tiny community, these are the reasons I am here.
We have proven in the work that has taken place already and continues to take place, are the essential value in restoring our traditional language, culture, and values. This is our inherent right. We also show and empower other First Nations to believe , shows the other First Nation that anything is possible if we all work to bring forth what we have been wanting for years.
LANGUAGE & CULTURE
This is where my passion is; learning our Southern Tutchone Heritage. We may not all speak fluently, but we show the interest of learning and encourage others through showing our interest in learning the language. Our language and culture is so important and essential to us as this reflects the proud and rich identity of who we are.
For those of us who had been stripped from of our language and even made fearful that we might be heard uttering a word of it, we are are now taking the initiative and reclaiming our right to bring it back. We are still fortunate to have a handful of fluent speakers who are our mentors and guides. It is important to learn as much from these speakers who are still diverse in their knowledge of the language and their culture. It could take years to perfect, but in the end we do not let these obstacles stop us; we persevere to with our goals.