Thank you for making a big difference.
“Taking youth out on the land is the only way to educate children about their traditional way of life and culture.”
Small Change Fund donors helped to protect the culture and language of the Tlicho people of the Northwest Territories by supporting the creation of a summer jobs program which focussed directly on transferring land skills and traditional knowledge from Tlicho Elders to Tlicho youth. Thank you!
For years, the influence of western culture has affected the traditional way of life of the Tlicho people of the Northwest Territories. In the past, Tlicho elders actively passed down ancient knowledge about the land and the people to the young in their language. Now, as young people leave their communities to pursue jobs and classroom education, this cycle of learning and teaching has become fractured. The Tlicho language and culture are now threatened. Steps must be taken to allow the Elders' knowledge to be passed on to a new generation, before this vital knowledge is lost.
Thanks to Small Change Fund donors, our program created summer jobs for 30 high school and college aged Tlicho youth. By participating in this summer job program, youth earned money while staying in the four remote Tlicho communities. They gained hands-on experience from Elders and community mentors in traditional and modern ways of life such as, food harvesting and preparation, travel routes, canoeing, Tlicho language, first aid, GPS mapping and firearms safety. Participants in the 2011 summer program will return as coordinators and teachers in following years. In this way, together, we are helping to repair the traditional Tlicho cycle of learning.
For more on the project click here.
The Tlicho Government is the governing authority on Tlicho lands. The Tlicho Government manages Tlicho lands and resources, fish and wildlife harvesting on Tlicho lands, and provides education in Tlicho language and culture. The focus of the Tlicho Government is the protection of the Tlicho language, culture, heritage and wildlife.