Our Values & Principles

These values guide us and give us strength and resilience when faced with life’s challenges.

“We control our actions, but the consequences that flow from those actions are controlled by principles.”

~ Stephen Covey

Our values are inspired by the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. That’s because our social, cultural, economic and political characteristics are distinct from those of the dominant society in which we live. This is our frame of reference for achieving the common good within our web of communities.

We value:

  • Self-Determination: the right to freely determine our political status and freely pursue our economic, social and cultural development (Article 3);
  • Religious Freedom: the right to manifest, practice, develop and teach our spiritual beliefs rooted in Cosmology (Article 12);
  • Educational Freedom: the right to establish and control our own educational systems (Article 14);
  • Freedom from Propaganda: the right to establish our own media (Article 16);
  • Indigenous Governance: the right to maintain and develop our own political, economic and social systems or institutions (Article 20);
  • Human Dignity: the right to the improvement of our economic and social conditions, including how we define and deliver education, employment, vocational training and retraining, housing, sanitation, health and social security (Article 21);
  • Healthy, Living Systems Growth: the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising our right to development and progress, as defined by us (Article 23);
  • Health Freedom: the right to our traditional medicines and to maintain our health practices, including the conservation of our vital medicinal plants, animals and minerals (Article 24);
  • Stewardship of Natural Resources: the right and responsibility of maintaining and strengthening our relationship with lands, territories, waters and coastal seas and other resources and to uphold our responsibilities to future generations in this regard (Article 25);
  • Regeneration: the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of our lands or territories and resources (Article 29).