The Teetl’it Gwich’in Band Council will support their traditional values and life style which promote the success of the Teetl’it Gwich’in and protecting their treaty and inherent aboriginal rights.


Promoting a prosperous and healthy community through economic growth while encouraging the success of the Teetl’it Gwich’in through positive relationships and an accountable leadership.


The value and beliefs are the core principles of the Teetl’it Gwich’in Band Council. These values are what ensure the Teetl’it Gwich’in Band Council guides all of its actions and its principles, as follows:

  • Empowering
  • Accountable
  • Encourage
  • Respect
  • Support
  • Honesty
  • Sharing
  • Caring

The Teetl’it Gwich’in Band Council (Chief and Council) works hard in preserving the Gwich’in way of life by practicing our tradition, culture and language. The Chief and Council is proactive in all areas of administration through economic beliefs, making work projects and creating employment and training opportunities for the benefit of all members, staff and the community at large.

The Teetl’it Gwich’in have a history of many stories. They lived a traditional life on our lands since it was mapped in 1898, located on the bank of the Peel River.

In 1921, the Teetl’it Gwich’in signed a Treaty that we still live by today. On July 28th, 1921, Fort McPherson was where Treaty 11 was signed to the Teetl’it Gwich’in people. On behalf of the Teetl’it Gwich’in, Chief Julius Salu and Johnny Kyikavichik (Kay) signed the Treaty, with H.A. Conroy, the royal commissioner present in 1921. He set up tables and chairs in a large tent that was set up on the sandbar at Fort McPherson with a flag set in front of the tent. The treaty was signed for hunting, funding for education, assistance for agricultural activities, trapping and fishing equipment, and some annuities.