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We Adapt. We Restore. We Survive – Reviving Tahltan Knowledge, Governance and Territory

First published on 10/14/2019, and last updated on 03/26/2020

By Tero Mustonen, from Snowchange, Member of ICCA Consortium in Finland.
Directly extracted from Snowchange’s website.

In June 2019 Snowchange, Christensen Fund, Tahltan TWild, Land Is Life and IUCN co-organised the We Adapt, We Restore, We Survive Summit on the Stikine river in northern British Columbia, Canada. This event has now been captured in a high-end multimedia presentation [see below] to allow the voices and knowledge from the event to be shared more widely.

In June 2019, Tahltan elders and leaders, members of Snowchange’s Finnish and Alaskan teams and representatives from The Gaia Foundation, Land is Life, ICCA Consortium and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature came together in the heart of Tahltan Territory. Main coordinator for the event was the co-founder of Snowchange, Tahltan leader and educator Curtis Rattray.

Elder David Rattray shares Tahltan traditions. Photo: Mika Honkalinna

At the confluence of the Tahltan and Stikine Rivers, delegates spent 5-days learning about Tahltan fishing traditions, hiking the territory and meeting elders to discuss the challenges the Tahltan face and how they are responding. This event followed a year-long process of documenting and implementing Snowchange – Tahltan community-based monitoring and reflections of Indigenous knowledge under the context of rapidly proceeding climate change.

The event was the first of the off-shoots of the Festivals of Northern Fishing Traditions, held before in Russia and Finland. The event also included a week-long review and critical reflection on the possibility of establishing ICCA territories (of life) in North American North. Indigenous leader from Taiwan, Sutej Hugu, presented the key concepts and ideas associated with the ICCA development for the region.

Please see the Gaia-developed multimedia case below :

We Adapt. We Restore. We Survive

Featured image : Checking the nets on Stikine. Photo: Mika Honkalinna.