Photo By Bill Roth/Alaskan Dispatch News
Story by Chris Mooney/Washington Post
"This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi Sea, 83 miles above the Arctic circle. And for generations, the Iñupiat people of the region have hunted gigantic bowhead whales from camps atop the sea ice that stretches out from the town’s icy shores.
But in recent years, climate change has thinned the ice so much that it has become too dangerous to hunt the whales. Soon, the U.S. government says, it may be too dangerous to live here at all, with less sea ice to protect the barrier island from powerful waves that wash across the village."
Read the Full Story on Washington Post HERE
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Story by Bob Weber/ The Canadian Press
"Huli Tagoona was just a girl the first time uranium miners proposed to develop a massive deposit of the radioactive metal near her home town of Baker Lake, Nunavut.
"I was about 11," she says. "I spent many an hour listening to (presentations), spending time at the hearings."
Now, at 37, she's about to relive her childhood as final hearings begin Monday before the Nunavut Impact Review Board on a second proposal to eventually build a mine on the tundra. As a spokeswoman for the anti-uranium group Makitagunarningit, her opinion on it hasn't changed.
French nuclear giant Areva is proposing to build one underground and four open-pit mines just west of Baker Lake, on the edge of the calving grounds of one of the North's great caribou herds and near the largest and most remote wildlife sanctuary on the continent."
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"The Tlicho Government has won an injunction to stop — at least temporarily — the federal government's plan to do away with the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board.
The immediate implications of the written ruling, handed down by the Northwest Territories Supreme Court late Friday afternoon, extend beyond the board for the Tlicho region, however, and will delay the federal government's plan to introduce a new superboard for regulating all activity in the Mackenzie Valley."
Read the full CBC North Story HERE
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"A Movement Toward Restoration and Healing"
The Indigenous Law Institute assists American Indian and other Indigenous communities to work toward a future of restoration and healing. We do this by working to develop a radically new basis for thinking about Native rights, from a Traditional Native Law perspective, and by contending that Native nations and peoples have an inherent right to live free of all forms of empire and domination.
The Indigenous Law Institute is dedicated to supporting Indigenous nations and peoples to protect their sacred ancestral homelands, to restore and revitalize their linguistic, cultural, and spiritual traditions, and to heal from the trauma of colonization.Read more
A meeting between the TliCho Dene and NWT Wildlife Management concerning regulation over the Bathurst Caribou Herd reportedly became heated when concern was raised among the Dene, such as the lack of understanding of the peoples relationship, dependence and relationship to the Herd.
Read the full CBC North Story HERE
Don Montgrand reads Northern Dene Alliance Statement from the Holding the Line Camp The Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association Annual General Meeting was held in Prince Albert on February 17 -18, 2015. Members of the Holding the Line Camp were given an opportunity to explain their position and reason for making a stand for the last 102 days north of LaLoche. Don Montgrand read the statement from the Camp which he wrapped up with, “We should be one working together and I’m asking for the support. We’re still on the highway over there.” Overall he said they received 100% support from the trappers from all over the north. People gave them encouragement for doing the right thing and told them never to give up. The new President of the Northern Saskatchewan Trappers Association, Adam Ochares, has promised to pay the Camp a visit in the spring.
Photo: Carl Johan Utsi
A mining company is threatening the Sami people and their lands in their quest to find Iron Ore. Beowolf Mining has proposed a 25 year mining concession that lay before the Swedish government for a decision. The Sami are voicing against the proposal because it threatens their livelihood and cultural way of life.
Read More of the BBC Story HERE
Who are the Sami People? Check out this LINK from Cultural Survival to learn more.
Water Walks & Healing Walks Listing 2015
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“As women, we are carriers of the water. We carry life for the people. So when we carry that water, we are telling people that we will go any lengths for the water. We’ll probably even give our lives for the water if we have to. We may at some point have to die for the water, and we don’t want that,” Josephine Mandamin - Grandmother, WaterWalker
Northern Dene Trappers Alliance Vows to Stand Vigil Indefinitely
On January 29 -31, 2015 about 150 people participated in the Big Meeting held in the Trapper’s tent beside Highway #955. Conspicuously absent were the local leaders and representatives of the Saskatchewan Government. Richard Turkheim of Government Relations sent a tersely worded letter late in the day January 28, 2015 stating they are only willing “to meet with representatives of your group” under their terms behind closed doors not at the roadside camp. The only leader who accepted the invitation to attend was Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the AMC who spoke clearly that “each time one man or woman is raised up above another it creates imbalance and violence.”Read more