Sahtú Ragóɂa – Hunting Law – Public Listening Session about Caribou
Whenever I now hear the word caribou, I am transported back to graphic recording in a small Arctic gymnasium in Colville Lake. At this Public Listening session, the graphics were verified and submitted as formal evidence in this legal process. It was a first for the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board, and possibly a first elsewhere. In January, for more than 30 hours, Elders, youth, and other experts shared in multiple languages: we heard about caribou, the land, harvesting practices and relationships – since time immemorial. The culmination of the process is now here in the Board report, just released.
And there’s a CBC article about the process as well:
And of course collaboration to protect everything about caribou relationships continues – both on the land, and with the drawing pens – there’s now a Gwich’in graphic recorder in the North, the amazing Nigit’stil Norbert who is also working on meetings about caribou (and more). More about her good work coming up soon, because I want folks to know about more Northern practitioners too.
Sahtú Renewable Resources Board (Ɂehdzo Got’ı̨nę Gots’ę́ Nákedı), Sahtú Ragóɂa (Hunting Law) and Approaches to Wildlife Harvesting: Report on the Colville 2020 Public Listening (Hearing) Session, 2020 SRRB 1, October 30, 2020, Tulıt́ ’a, NT.