Chief Jimmy Bruneau School opens

On August 28, 1971 the story that headline the Native Press told about an agreement signed between the Rae-Edzo School Society and John Parker, “for a school and a hostel.” 

The story says Chief Jimmy Bruneau first thought about the idea ten years previous and Charlie Charlo confirmed what Chief Bruneau had said: “This school was worked upon for over a year and all the credits go to old Chief, Jimmy Bruneau.”

Chief Jimmy Bruneau

Jimmy Bruneau was born on December 12, 1881, and raised on the land. After Chief Monfwi’s death in 1936, Jimmy Bruneau became the Chief. He understood that times were changing and that people needed the knowledge and skills that they could learn in school. He wanted children to be educated, but not at the cost of losing their language and culture.

Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ) New Testament - Bible

The translation includes the book of Genesis and the New Testament in Tłı̨chǫ. The first edition of the Tłı̨chǫ New Testament was published in 2003. It was a historic event, as it was the first time in more than a hundred years that a complete New Testament was published for one of the Dene First Nations in the Territories.  Read the Nǫ̀htsı̨̨ Nı̨̨htł'è - Tłı̨chǫ Genesis and New Testament available online here at bibles.org

Trails of our Ancestors: Building a Nation

 For centuries the Tłı̨chǫ of the Northwest Territories have relied on an intimate knowledge of the land and its wildlife to survive. The Tłı̨chǫ lived in a yearly cycle of following traditional trails in birchbark canoes to the barren lands in the fall to harvest the caribou herd; and then heading below the tree-line for the long northern winter until the warmth and life of spring returns."

Read the Trails of our Ancestors in PDF here.

Winter moccasins with caribou skin liners - whààkeè

These winter moccasins were made in 1978 by a group of women sewing for Operation Heritage in Behchokǫ̀.  They are made of caribou skin in a traditional style and have liners made with caribou skin with the hair left on.  Mrs. Bernadette Williah recounts that when the hair was left on the hide, people would tan the hide on the inside only.  In this way linings were made for shoes and mitts.  In the old days that was done so that every family member had something wear in the cold weather months. 


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