This land is our source of survival. Our grandfathers, our fathers, and we the elders of today have all strived on the land. I myself have been committed to living on the land. So when we speak of the land, we speak nothing but the truth. It is as if we are speaking of our own hearts.
Yes, the land is very important to us. Not only do we dwell on it, but also the wildlife survives on it. As humans, we survive by eating the wildlife. That also is a way of life.
Water, wildlife, caribou, moose, beaver, muskrat, and fish. These are all life sustaining for us. We can’t allow these resources to be mismanaged. We have to be constantly aware of our responsibility for proper land management...We can’t break our connection to nature.
from Sahtu Land Use Plan Board - Building a Vision for the Land (1999