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AAC receives grant from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Arctic Athabaskan Council awarded grant for development of research on caribou, climate change and traditional knowledge in communities

Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) funds will help to address North American environmental problems locally

Whitehorse, Yukon—The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently announced the winners of $1.3 million of grants under the CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program.

As part of the effort to address environmental problems locally and support communities across North America, the Arctic Athabaskan Council (AAC), was awarded with $100,000 for a two year project to develop an in-depth methodology to carry out a case study on Alaska/Canada transboundary caribou herds that will include participation from Athabaskan peoples in Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories.

“We would like to thank the CEC for the funding the work of the Arctic Athabaskan Council through the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action grant program. This funding will help us develop a traditional knowledge and caribou case study to understand the transboundary migration pattern as well as the interactions of barren ground and woodland caribou herds including the Chickaloon Caribou Herd and the Nelchina Caribou Herd” said AAC Alaskan Chair, Chief Gary Harrison of Chickaloon, Alaska.

The AAC is a treaty organization between the Council of Yukon First Nations, Dene Nation, the Kaska Tribal Council and fifteen Alaskan Tribal Governments. Together, AAC represents 61 communities in sub-Arctic and Arctic Canada and the United States. AAC aims to foster a greater understanding of the common heritage of all Athabaskan people of Arctic peoples of Arctic North America and to engage in international fora, including the Arctic Council, in order to address issues that affect their rights, interests, traditional ways of life and culture.

"It's important for the CEC to connect our continent-wide objectives with work at the community level," highlighted Evan Lloyd, Executive Director of the CEC. "Our Council has expressed some clear priorities in terms of healthy communities and ecosystems and the front line for environmental action to support this is at the local level."

“We are confident that the grants from the North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) will ensure the pathway to improve our shared environment conditions across North America,” said Lloyd.

CEC Council members—the environment ministers of the three NAFTA countries: Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent, Mexico’s Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira Quesada and US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson—created the new grant program to encourage innovative and model environmental initiatives at the community level.

Find out more about the NAPECA program and details on how Barren-ground and Woodland Caribou, Athabaskan Peoples and Climate Change: Planning for the Future will improve our shared environment at the CEC website's AAC project page.  An interactive map is available at this website so visitors will be able know what each of the rest of the grantees projects is doing and where they’re working.

For further information, please contact:

Cindy Dickson: 867-335-6030

Colleen Henry: 867-393-9241

Arctic Athabaskan Council


Arctic Athabaskan Council
300 Range Rd, PO Box 39
Whitehorse STN C S C
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5X9
Phone: +1 867 335 6030

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