also believe that Aboriginal individuals, families and communities
need to develop strong ties with their past trhough respect
for and dialogue with elders; learning and passing on culture
and traditions to the youth; and speaking their Aboriginal
"With a strong foundation
based upon these straightforward, yet fundamental conditions,
Aboriginal people will be well placed to face demands of life
in our challenging world."
"We recognize it is unrealistic
to expect that most Aboriginal people can live a self-sufficient
life in a traditional land – based life style. Aboriginal
strength, health and wellness today means education, skills
and experience in the modern economy."
In the north over the last century
Aboriginal people have experienced the devastating effects
of residential schools, the loss of their culture, language
and lifestyle, racism and discrimination, disease and poverty
and the loss of their land and institutions.
Under the leadership of Stephen
Kakfwi and other Aboriginal leaders, the Dene, Métis,
Inuvialuit and Inuit are turning the corner. Individuals,
families and communities are leading healthier lifestyles.
Land rights and self government settlements are providing
the tools to chart their destiny in the modern world. Aboriginal
youth are graduating from high schools, technical institutes
and universities in large numbers.