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Across the North, Indigenous communities are redefining conservation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on February 24, 202062 Views

Feb 24, 2020

A pan-northern push for local control challenges Western approach to saving species at risk

In a packed gym in Colville Lake, N.W.T., Chief Wilbert Kochon leans into a microphone.

Across a roughly-arranged square of folding tables, officials from the territory’s department of Environment and Natural Resources listen intently.

“It’s our livelihood. For you it’s just a job. It’s a big difference,” says Kochon.

The topic is caribou, but it could just as easily be beluga, or reindeer, or salmon.

Across the North, Indigenous leaders are working to change the rules of conservation. Straining under strict hunting quotas imposed by colonial governments, they are pushing for more control over the management of species at risk.

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