WE are the Gitanyow peoples. We have a long-standing and rich oral tradition which speaks to all aspects of our lives. This written Constitution must be interpreted and understood in the context of our oral history and oral traditions...
THEREFORE, by virtue of our inherent right to govern ourselves and in order to more transparently record our customs, institutions and obligations to each other and to those who come to live as part of our community and in order to guide our relationships with other governments, we, the Gitanyow Nation adopt this written Constitution.
Gitanyow Nation. The Gitanyow Ayookxw: The Constitution of the Gitanyow Nation. Gitanyow Nation. Kitwanga, British Columbia. Canada. 2009. (http://www.gitanyowchiefs.com/media/constitution, accessed May 6, 2014)