Guiding Principles

The Yukon Native Language Centre promotes an awareness of the richness and beauty of Yukon First Nations Languages and an appreciation of the fundamental role they play in the transmission of culture and values from one generation to another.

The Yukon Native Language Centre recognizes and relies upon the essential contributions made by Elders and Tradition Bearers in all phases of cultural education. Elders in each language group provide vision, wisdom, and guidance which inform and direct all our activities.

The Yukon Native Language Centre works in partnership with First Nations communities and individuals to provide training, research, and program support which will asssist them in implementing their self-determined goals for preserving and enhancing their ancestral languages.

The Yukon Native Language Centre recognizes the intrinsic positive value of First Nations Languages in contemporary education for both native and non-native students at all levels, from pre-school to adult education.

The Yukon Native Language Centre delivers services in an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration, since sharing is the basis for cultural survival.