“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of our culture. . . . Not only is it important to hand down the knowledge we have acquired from our Elders, but we have to strengthen the process in which we teach our children.”Chief Kenny Nooski, Nadleh Whut’en, CSTC Annual Report 1989
Pictured above, right: CSTC Library and Archives ID: 2018.2.12.06.88 | All Clan Gathering 1985
Mandate and Vision
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Library & Archives is a specialized resource centre focused on supporting CSTC and Carrier Sekani First Nations staff and contractors, and the CSTC and CSFN Member Nations in the achievement of their political, governance, technical and service goals.
The Library and Archives’ purpose is two-fold: to support the functions of CSTC, CSFN, and its Member Nations through the collection, curation, and management of informational resources relevant to their work and aims; and to collect, preserve, arrange, and describe materials which have demonstrated archival or evidential value to the CSTC, CSFN, Member Nations, and Dakelh and Sekani peoples. This predominately includes materials which document the history and operations of CSTC and CSFN, but also includes materials which document the culture, history, heritage, and identity of Dakelhne and Sekani peoples and, to a lesser extent, Aboriginal Peoples in British Columbia and Canada.
The Library and Archives will carry out outreach activities, partnerships, and digitization programs to ensure the long-term preservation and accessibility of Library and Archival resources.
To date, CSTC Library and Archives have received generous contributions from First Peoples’ Cultural Council, Library and Archives Canada, BC Capacity Initiative, and Young Canada Works.