- To promote the preservation
and rejuvenation of the Dene language, culture and history
- To assist in the
facilitation of policy development for First Nations' languages
- To provide advice
to the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre relative to the language,
culture and historic preservation needs of the Dene and assist
in developing strategies to meet those needs.
- To support the Saskatchewan
Indian Cultural Centre in its initiatives by serving as an information
source and assisting with data collection, information dissemination,
project planning, implementation and assessment.
Goals and Objectives
- To develop within
the Dene communities and within the general public awareness of
the importance of the Dene language, culture and history.
- To encourage various
levels of government to adopt policies that will insure and enhance
the development of the Dene language, culture and history.
- To adopt, implement
and promote the maintenance of standardized Dene orthography.
- To work together,
under the advisement of the Elders, to develop educational materials,
curricular activities, teaching methods, and other resources to
assure that our children learn our language history, traditions,
values and beliefs.
- To provide a forum
for discussion of ideas and issues relevant to the preservation
of the Dene language, culture and history.
- To monitor the use
and advancement of the Dene language in schools, band offices
and other places of business within the Dene communities.
- To support and promote
initiatives related to Dene language, culture and history in education,
the media and other social institutions.
- To develop guidelines
that will improve the quality of published Dene materials.
- To assure the health
and vitality of the Dene language by actively updating the lexicon
and keeping language users informed of the new terms.
- When requested will
edit Dene language and/or content instructional resource materials
developed by the committee members.
- To evaluate Dene
language and/or content instructional resource materials produced
by non-committee members to determine their linguistic, cultural,
historic and pedagogical appropriateness and accuracy, reporting
the committee's findings to schools in the Dene communities and
the Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre (SICC).
- To apply for grants
to facilitate the delivery of the above services to Dene communities.
Dene Language and Cultural
c/o Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre
120-33rd Street East
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0S2
Phone: (306) 244-1146
Fax: (306) 665-6520