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Dene Elders Quotes

Louie Dih ttheda - Black Lake First Nation

It is said, that when God made this world he made many different things, that is why the newcomers and First Nations people must help each other and work together.

"Þahú N®hoøtsiné nih theøtsi nisí, hðrélyú eøk’écva ¿asíe theøtsi nisni, ¿eyi ¿á bälaídené chu denes¶øiné chu ¿eøtßérádi ¿ú ttvi ¿qøa eghádálana dézq."


Pierre Alphonse - Black Lake First Nation

The elders should come together and teach us the traditional ways so we know what the Earth means to us.

"¿qønedhe ¿eøghqr®del ¿ú þqnþu nuhecvanié baz® ¿asié súghá walí sí hoghq hádánuhenéøtq nidé."


Elder Abel Denecheze - Hatchet Lake First Nation

The Dene߶øiné people have their own minds to express what is best for the future of our children.

"Nuhni Denes¶øiné dahídli sí, nuhení hçlü beþá näníde, ¿eyi hoþá yanatthé hobaz® nuheskéné béba þadánéthen dayailti."


Benjy Denecheze - Lac Brochet, MB

We can help strengthen our Dene߶øiné Aboriginal and treaty rights by speaking our language.

"Denes¶øiné yatié nátser dé, eyi beþá diri sñlághe tsqba hútón sí eyi ttvi benághílna ha híle."


Mary Jane Sayazie - Cold Lake, AB

Let us maintain our Dene Language and Culture for the future of our children.

"Yanatthé nuheskéné þqþú nihoæe nádé hasí béba nuheyatié chú nuhecvanié dánághúlná."


Elder Rosalie Tsannie - Hatchet Lake First Nation

Women must not be excluded from any decisions made for the future of our children.

"Tßékwi beyatié hultá ho¿q hél beghqnáyati n®þa ho¿q yanatthé nuheskéné béba."


Elder Agnes Alphonse - Black Lake First Nation

We are the ones who have to teach our children.

"Nuhni nuheskenp hádónílten dézq."


Elder Leon Medal - Black Lake First Nation

We belong to this Earth, and the land provides.

"Ejq nçæe hotßü Dene daidlü hoþá, diri n® beþá dághída."


Annette Noltcho - Dillion, SK

If you do not talk to your children in Dene߶øiné today, it will be difficult for them to learn in the future.

"Denes¶øiné Hqseh dqné nuheskéne bél Denes¶øiné yatié ¿a dáyoøti híle dé, yanátthé dé béba horena hasü."


Chris Janvier - English River First Nation

It is important to respect our Dene Elders, because they are our teachers and keepers of our identity as Dene people.

"¿äønedhe nuhecvanié hádánuheneøten heø nuheyatié dáhutón ¿á besetßúdí ho¿q."


Elder Betsy Anderson - Tadule Lake, MB

There was a time when all the people and all the animals understood each other and spoke the same language.

"Yanízü Denes¶øiné chu tücvadíe üøághe yati hoþa ¿eønedárení hél ttvi ¿eøedárí ttvagh nisnü."


Agnes Sayazie - Black Lake First Nation

Our Dene language and culture makes us unique people.

"Nuheyatié chú nuhecvanié ¿á Denesçøiné dáhídlü."


Paul Disain - Stony Rapids, SK

Our language and culture is the window through which we see the world.

"Hotié nuhecvaniö chu nuheyatié húton dézq, þqþú þeh hoþüné
dáhoø¿q sí benerídí hasü.
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